Monday, February 7, 2011

"Into the Woods" I Went!

I don't know about you, but I had a pretty fabulous weekend!  It started Friday night when I went with some theater friends to see Into the Woods.  It is a musical by Steven Sondheim and it was fabulous!

Although the night was wonderful, it didn't start out that way.  When I walked out my door and into the dark garage, I didn't see a folded up metal dog kennel which had fallen right in my way.  I tripped on it, and started falling.  Of course my eyes hadn't adjusted and I couldn't see anything to grab on to so I just put out my hands and hoped it wouldn't stab myself on anything.  I landed right on my knees, my left knee in particular. 

Bad words were spoken, and not under my breath by any means.  There were no kids around and it hurt like hell so there was no holding back.  I managed to get up, stagger to my car door and get in so I could assess the damage.  My left knee was pretty scraped up but not really bleeding, and more importantly my pants had not ripped! So I started the van and moaned and groaned all the way to Target where I was meeting friends to go see the play.

Once in the Target parking lot I put some bandaids on (I always have bandaids in my purse) and waited for the others to arrive. 
This is me waiting. Can you tell I'm excited to be going out?

Here is a description of the play, copied from the Bloomington Civic Theater's website:

What happens after “happily ever after?” Into the Woods brings together some of the most well known Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters to help us find out. While the characters are familiar, their stories intersect through unexpected plot twists.
When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the bean stalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later.

Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning score thrills us with cleverly crafted ensemble numbers as James Lupine’s ingenious puzzle of a story guides us to take a look at the inevitability – and treachery – of our innermost wishes.

What follows is a bold, darker look at what happens after the wishes are granted and the fairy tale ends. What began as a clever diversion touches deeper nerves. Ultimately, the characters end their journey aware of the moral consequences of their actions; each having learned valuable lessons about power, tolerance, personal sacrifice and the strength of shared community.

The play was fantastic and aside from an unnecessary costume element for the VERY MALE wolf we enjoyed it very much.

Although Rapunzel's voice left little to be desired, and Cinderella was.... eh, the very difficult music was performed exceptionally well. 

If you get the chance to see it, I'd recommend you do... but dont bring the kids. 

Here is a clip from the show, I believe this is the Broadway cast visiting the Rosie O'Donnel show.  It is The Baker's Wife singing with Little Red, and The Baker singing with Jack "No One is Alone".


Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Glad you had fun and also glad that I'm not the only one who says bad words when they get hurt.

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I hope your knee is doing better! Glad you enjoyed the show. :) It sounds like it would be awesome! I need to find some theater venues down here...

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