Review "Into the Woods": Enchanted cast serves up skewered storybook characters

Jeny Wasilewski as Little Red Ridinghood, Henry Michael Odum as Narrator, Steve Best as The Baker

Porchlight Music Theatre presents
Into the Woods


Book by James Lapine
Music/Lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim 
Directed by
L. Walter Stearns
Music Direction by Eugene Dizon
Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
through May 30th | tickets: $38 | more info

By Katy Walsh

What happens after happily everafter? What is next after Cinderella gets married, Jack kills the giant, Rapunzel has short hair? Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical, Into The Woods. The baker learns his witch-of-a neighbor has cursed him with infertility. To break the barren spell, the baker is instructed by the  Rachel Quinn as Cinderellawitch to produce a red cape, golden slipper, white cow and blonde hair strands. He and his wife go into the woods to secure the hex-breaking ingredients. Among the trees, they find storybook characters struggling with their own predetermined storybook ending. Into The Woods intersects multiple fairytale classics to create non-traditional ever-afters.

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  • I'm going to see this now thanks to your review!

  • In reply to gannonemail:

    Thanks for the compliment! If you love showtunes, Chicago is showcasing some of the best right now: "Into the Woods" (Porchlight), "Best Little Whorehouse" (Circle), "Ragtime" (Drury) and "Billy Elliott" (Broadway in Chicago). Something for everyone to sing about!

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