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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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???
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!