The Fiasco Theater’s re-imagined production of the Tony Award winning musical ‘Into The Woods’ playing at the Ahmanson Theatre through May 14th, is fresh, clever & entertaining!
Last week, I attended the Opening Night performance of Fiasco Theater’s re-imagined production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods at the Ahmanson Theatre in DTLA, and I found it fresh, clever and entertaining.
Into The Woods is an iconic musical that cleverly twists and borrows characters and story lines from some of our all time favorite classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack & the Beanstalk to name a few. Fiasco Theater’s production is fun, witty and an inspired re-invention of this well-know musical. The story takes you on a fantastical journey into the woods filled with wolves, witches and giants and tells an engaging tale of the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.
Into The Woods is filled with so many familiar and well-liked songs like ‘Children Will Listen’ and ‘No One Is Alone,’ which totally make you smile and easily transport you into an enchanting world of magic and mystery. I found Fiasco Theater’s staging fresh and modern and truly enjoyed their unique engaging features like the cast casually strolling onto the stage before the show starts, cast members playing multiple roles, the cast changing costumes in front of the audience to add to the appealing informality, men comically playing the evil Cinderella Step Sisters and the wolf being portrayed using a plaque mounted taxidermy wolf head. And the acting, singing and effortless multiple role playing were top notch!
This show is absolutely great for the whole family, and as a fun added attraction to the show, the Center Theatre Group has created a GO! To The Woods game that allows visitors explore the ‘woods’ of Grand Park and the steps of The Music Center Plaza, solve riddles, and discover clues. All you need to do is download the app on your smart phone, enter the Hunt Code SONDHEIM and begin playing the game (it takes about 45 minutes) to decode clues and acquire four items: the cow, the cape, the hair, and the slipper—but be sure to mind the wolf and heed the witch! And players who complete the game, win a special surprise!
Into The Woods is playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in DTLA now through May 14, 2017
thru May 14