THTR 3011 Core Viewing

THTR 3011 Core Viewing - April 22, 2008 Theatre 3011 Core...

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April 22, 2008 Theatre 3011 Core Viewing A Wisher’s Unrealized Desires Into t he Woods brings the combination of several popular fairytales together to illustrate the consequences of wish fulfillment and a twisted ending to the happily-ever- after theme we have seen and heard in these fairytales. Sondheim and Lapine strike a perfect balance between focusing on the entertainment and the critical content of the musical often intertwining the two with enchanting music and lyrics that are witty, catchy and often sarcastically critical. Sondheim and Lapine illustrate the impacts that wishing has on a person’s desire and the reality behind a wish can behold. Interestingly, Sondheim and Lapine illustrate the critical contents behind wish fulfillment without rephrasing and reenacting these popular fairytales by introducing Act II as the cynical ending of being happy forever after. I was surprised to find out that the consequences are not all positive, but more of the opposite. There are many ways in which Sondheim and Lapine use Into the Woods to point out the nature of desire, the unattended consequences of over-wishing and accepting the responsibility of their desires. A major theme used in Into the Woods is learning to be content in life, and it’s based around the interpretations
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course THTR 3011 taught by Professor Mccain,jea during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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