16 July 2011
Come Into The Woods at Venture Theatre
The play is a conglomeration of various bits and pieces of the Brothers Grimm with more than a touch of Monty Python, together with occasional Saturday Night Live cameos. The parts usually doubled were all taken by different kids. Our pre-teens thought it was pretty good. According to Wikipedia there is a junior version of this available but I doubt that this was made easier. The singers were good. The show was well-directed and a few gaffes were laughed off by all.
I don't have the names of the main players because I forgot to take my playbill home with me. Trust me, it's worth seeing and hearing.
The poster above right is from the original Broadway production, borrowed from the Wikipedia entry.
It opened in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and then moved to Broadway in 1987.
Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment may have been the inspiration for some of the scenes, though Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch was probably not inspired by Bettelheim.