Review On INTO THE WOODS


Travis Michael Holder

Travis Michael Holder

Writer, Registered Critic


Under the truly visionary direction of Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, this reinvigorated journey through the bewitched underbrush is meant to be extremely barebones, with 10 incredibly energetic and charismatic actors play all the characters, switching between them with lightning fast alacrity. Derek McLane's simple floor-to-light-grid jumble of theatrical rigging is meant to indicate the ominous forest of trees, while an industrial-sized ladder evokes Rapunzel's tower and a small-statured actress is illuminated like a shadow puppet to gargantuan proportions on the back wall to make that notorious lady giant come alive—and subsequently die a most dramatic death. No special effects or wildly intricate projections are utilized to tell this cautionary tale of once-upon-a-times that don't always portend happy endings.