(Suzy Evans’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/18; via Pam Green.)

At a Wednesday evening rehearsal for the musical “Into the Woods,” the actors playing two lovesick princes were practicing the choreography for their big Act I duet, “Agony.” The director, Lia Boyle, wanted them to rip their shirts open at the end of the number, and the costume designer asked how far down their bodies the tear should go.

“Just to the bottom of the xiphoid process,” Ms. Boyle said.

Mid-chest would have been just as suitable a descriptor, but dropping anatomical references in design discussions is standard practice for the Bard Hall Players, as every member in the troupe is studying to join the medical profession.

The student-run theater company at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons was preparing for its production of this Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine riff on classic children’s fairy tales. The production, the final show of the company’s 50th anniversary season, will run Oct. 26 to 28.

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