Theatre Review of Into the Woods

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1 Professor Mannion Introduction to Drama Theatre Review of Into the Woods From October 25 to November 4, 2007, Temple Theatres produced Into the Woods , By Stephen Sondheim, directed by Peter Reynolds. On Friday night, November 2, the cast and crew had become completely comfortable with each other and were ready to put on the show to the best of their ability. The play was very well staged and produced, yet still managed to come up short through examination of costuming as a part of setting, music, and movement. The costuming choices of this particular staging of Into the Woods were, in a word, confusing. The production staff chose to modernize the garb of the actors while still trying to maintain a close similarity to the fairy tale characters they represented. While effectively pulled off in other performances, the costumes did more to distract the audience members than endear the characters to them. The wolf, brilliantly played by Sean Thompson, was garbed in black leather reminiscent of late night S&M clubs, which was much more disturbing than helpful to the character. His costume lent itself well to his creepy persona, which matched the double entendres abundant in his interpretation of the wolf character. However, the overall effect of Thompson’s character left the audience feeling as if they were watching a pedophile or child molester busy at work and in no
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 1131 taught by Professor Mannion during the Fall '07 term at Temple.

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