(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/22.)

These are the woods that you want to get lost in, a place you’ll find buried treasures that you didn’t even know existed. Fiasco Theater’s truly enchanting production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,” which opened on Thursday night at the Laura Pels Theater, makes the best case ever for a musical that interpreters have been trying to get right since the show was first staged in the mid-1980s.

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, but obviously the product of a fully collaborative troupe, this “Into the Woods” reminds us that it takes a village to give myths enduring life. The particular myths under consideration here are ones you’ve known since before you could read, involving archetypes like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the beanstalk-climbing Jack.


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