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Archive for Into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS at the Ahmanson Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Frances Baum Nicholson – The Daily News

Every once in a while there comes an opportunity to experience an extraordinarily rich theatrical performance. Such is the case with the Fiasco Theater production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” now at the Ahmanson.         Read more…

 Erin Conley – OnStage

The cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold. These ingredients comprise the spell at the center of Into the Woods, the classic musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine that twists and combines popular fairy tales into a brutal exploration of the consequences of wish fulfillment.      Read more…

Now running through May 14

INTO THE WOODS – Oregon Shakespeare Company at the Wallis Theatre

Photo courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Company

Photo courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Company

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

What follows the “happily ever after” conclusion of most fairy tales? That’s what composer-songwriter Stephen Sondheim and book-writer James Lapine examine in their sophisticated 1986 Broadway musical based on Grimm’s fairy tails and composed expressly for adults. (Lapine directed the musical’s eventual debut on Broadway, after it premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.) Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

“I wish.” So begins this Stephen Sondheim–James Lapine musical. Fairy-tale characters express their most-fervent desires. Cinderella wants to stop cleaning out the fireplace and instead go to the king’s festival. Jack wants his ultra-beloved cow to give milk so his mother won’t make him sell this pet. The Baker and the Baker’s Wife want a real-life bun in the oven. And so each wishes aloud. em>Read more…

Now running through December 21.

INTO THE WOODS at the Kentwood Players

 

Photo by Shari Barrett

Photo by Shari Barrett

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Traditional fairy tales begin with characters who have far to travel, while the promise of adventure perfumes the story. And at the conclusions of these tales, the righteous get their rewards, while the wrongdoers are punished or worse.

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Now running through December 20.

INTO THE WOODS at Plummer Auditorium

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Photo by Issac James Creative

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

3D Theatricals has been pulling off ambitious offerings in its spacious Plummer Auditorium digs in Fullerton. I wasn’t able to catch 2013’s acclaimed Parade, though early this year I thoroughly enjoyed a fresh and clever The Producers. The Dawsons—the family who are the 3 D’s—seem to be smart, well-funded, and committed to revisiting musicals with integrity, taste, and talent, characteristics amply present in their current offering of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Read more…

Now running through May 18.