Aisle View: Into the Woods, Back on Stage

January 23, 2015 3:22 AM

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Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine are probably feeling pretty swell just now, with the motion picture version of their 1987 musical Into the Woods having grossed over $140 million in the four weeks since it opened on Christmas Day. If they wander over to the Laura Pels, where the Fiasco Theater's production of that same musical is playing under the auspices of the Roundabout, I imagine they'll feel even more jolly. $140,000,000 is fine, and a testament to the public appeal of their somewhat Grimm fairy tale of a Broadway musical; but what's on stage at the Pels is engagingly winning.

Fiasco is a young company started by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. program which strives for "dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions." That is a more-than-accurate description of their Into the Woods, which originated in May 2013 at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton ...

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