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Into the Woods

When: May 1-10, 7:30 p.m., Sat., May 2, 3 p.m., Sun., May 3, 3 p.m., Sat., May 9, 3 p.m. and Sun., May 10, 1 p.m. 2009
Phone: 1-888-311-9090
Price: $14.99/$19.99
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If the evening had ended after the first act of the Saints Alive! production of Stephen Sondheim’s dark and twisty Into the Woods, I would declare it a triumph. The innovative youth theatre company manages to pull together talented performers, an interesting and creatively-wrought set and lovely costumes, presumably on a shoestring budget. Act 1 weaves together the stories of several familiar fairytale characters as they head into the woods to seek there heart’s desires. It features some outstanding performances, particularly by the big-voiced Tringa Rexhepi as Cinderella, Aislin Flynn as a particularly feisty and frightening Little Red Riding Hood and Andrew Chandler as cursed Baker. The production bogs down in Act 2 when it turns out that some dreams are better off left unrealized and the characters are forced into the woods by an angry giant. The pace slows to a crawl, and the play becomes much less visually interesting. ---Kate Watson

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