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Into the Woods (Theater 2020)

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

About the show

Theater 2020 presents Stephen Sondeim and James Lapine's celebrated musical, in a new staging set in a refugee resettlement camp, somewhere in the world today. More…

In "Into the Woods" fairy tale characters come to life, first looking out for their own self-interest, but learning in the end that true happiness comes from a collective caring about others.


Member Reviews (30)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
79
Avg Score

82
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You want to see a solid cast, w/a few standouts, handle a difficult musical well. You like intimate staging. You like clever, smart writing.

Don't see it if You expect a non-traditonal Woods. Despite the refugee "look", it's a straightforward production. You want a prettier fairytale setting...

Also In keeping w/the refugee theme, the set & costumes are stark. Also don... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoy good music and acting by a talented group performing this well-known musical in a new bare-bones setting with great lighting.

Don't see it if only piano accompaniment for this musical would detract-sometimes some singers are hard to hear above it. You expect a full set & props.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you know and love the music, you will still enjoy this bare bones version. Some great voices, others less so, but overall enjoyable.

Don't see it if you want some odd scenic choices to have relevance. For some reason they had this out of place chain link fence, but never say why.

Also If the fence was meant to be a political statement it was not only irr... Read more Read less

72
Amusing, Decent acting and singing, Slow, Sweet

See it if You love the show in any form, and don't mind the idiosyncratic choice of a refugee camp setting.

Don't see it if You want more orchestration than an overly loud piano.

Also Actors created memorable versions of their characters, particularly th... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see a well known play performed by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You want a lavish musical.

Also Since the actors are frequently not on the stage, it is difficult to s... Read more Read less

76
Serviceable, Some great performances

See it if You want to see Into the Woods. It’s a fine production of it. The witch is FANTASTIC. The princes and stepsisters are hilarious.

Don't see it if The promise of the refugee camp concept is your driver. It’s actually a pretty traditional production other than ‘found’ props and costumes

84
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see an excellent cast that can really sing perform a classic musical with minimal staging.

Don't see it if you mind a theme that doesn't add anything, some nontraditional doubling of roles or will miss a lack of orchestration (single piano score).

Also As I like to say several singers voices jumped off the stage and that ... Read more Read less

66
Disappointing, Great acting, Insipid, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You have 3hrs to spare for a mediocre production in Brooklyn; uneven acting and singing, few reach off-broadway level; you’ve never seen it;

Don't see it if You’re expecting “the refugee camp” setting to influence the storytelling (it’s merely an excuse for cheap production in a community theatre

80
Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You love the music from this classic show and want to see some great signing/acting performances.

Don't see it if You want to see this musical done with the usual setting and staging. If small community like theatre is not your cup of tea.

Also I love this musical and think the songs are always refreshing and rele... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like musicals with a small production and a classic story

Don't see it if You have high expectations

84
Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing

See it if A stripped down version with great heart, performances, and voices. A masterpiece by Sondheim simply done.

Don't see it if Note: only accompanied by an excellent pianist. Refugee camp idea? Fuggeddabouddit. Everyone forgot it anyway.

84
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if For a small local production, this was a very pleasant surprise. Great singing and story. Sondheim classic.

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim or are looking for a big Broadway production. I didn't care for the staging, they didn't use the stage???

68
Slow, Tedious, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you adore Sondheim or have a particular affinity for this show. You don't mind a stripped-down version of a musical.

Don't see it if you were excited about the way the refugee resettlement camp would frame the plot in a new, refreshing way. It just didn't play out.

Also Turns out, I just don't like Into the Woods. I wish I could, because I... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You want a twist on traditional fairy tales.

Don't see it if If you have physical difficulty sitting for long periods of time

92
Great singing, Great acting, Sets minimal would have liked them more woodsie, Costumes could have been better as well

See it if singing was great and acting but show was minimal and should have started at 7 pm not 8 - see it just for the voices and acting

Don't see it if if you don't like minimal sets and costumes

80
Great writing, Good singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if a fan of good music, good lyrics and Stephen Sondheim.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows based on fairy tales.

93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like musicals with fairytale characters who sing, dance and act really well.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals with fairytale characters.

59
Painfully misconceived and slow production with uneven cast

See it if You cherish Into the Woods and don't care about production values. You love to discover talented performers no matter the setting.

Don't see it if You are not a highly-tolerant Sondheim fanatic.

Also As others have noted, there's no explanation of or reason for the immi... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a stripped down version of this classic Sondheim musical.

Don't see it if you don't like fairy tales, musicals, or Sondheim.

75
Great singing

See it if you like musicals.

Don't see it if you are looking for a great stage production design

65
Enchanting, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You love the show and like it in many forms

Don't see it if You're expecting to get a lot form the "refugee" concept or want all actors to have high quality voices.

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Poor staging, Resonant, Profound

See it if You will see any Sondheim/Into the Woods, like me. You can get swept away by the music without worrying about poor staging/production value.

Don't see it if You haven't seen Into the Woods before. You value staging/sets/costumes that serve the story.

Also This is a masterwork of Sondheim's. It's always a shame when productio... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Long

See it if You love Into the Woods, you care about singing, you have three hours to spend, you don’t care a lot about scenery

Don't see it if You want a big lavish production, you have a short attention span, you are not a fan of this musical

Also The theater was aggressively warm

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love Sondheim I thoroughly enjoyed the singing clever costumes

Don't see it if It has a mix of experienced and relatively new actors. If you expect 100% seasoned actors, you'll be disappointed, but all are enjoyable!

83
Absorbing, Delightful, Epic, Great singing, Great writing

See it if I love great singing and great songs, You will love this play.

Don't see it if If you don’t like long plays.


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