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A wave of sheer glory lifts the audience into a firmament of validation, redemption and pure beauty in the last ten minutes of Zoetic Stage’s production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George.
The Actors’ Playhouse production of Sondheim On Sondheim transcends the Broadway edition in nearly every detail. The work by eight inspired performers and the band, molded by director David Arisco and musical director David Nagy, would make the master proud.
To say that Sondheim’s Passion is not to every intelligent patron’s taste is an understatement. But if you can open yourself up to it, Zoetic Stage’s production is a transcendent work of performance art with the power to rip into your psyche and reaffirm the transformative power of love.
At Entr’acte Theatrix’s production of Into The Woods, the special pleasure was watching nascent talent taking unsteady but ever more sure steps in their evolution en route to fully-blossomed professionalism.
This Into The Woods by DreamCatcher Theatre and Theater Up Close is so heartbreakingly uneven that it may bring Sondheim lovers close to tears. Long stretches are so skillfully and lovingly executed that you want to cheer. Others fail to conquer this difficult work. But the misstep is the high-profile casting of Tituss Burgess in the linchpin role of the Witch.
Miamians J.J. and Natalie Caruncho built their careers as thespians in New York City, but now in their mid-20s, the siblings have returned home with the new company DreamCatcher Theatre to produce the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods with the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series.
If you can accept that film is a different storytelling medium from theater, this version of Into The Woods is not only faithful to Sondheim and Lapine’s vision of darkness and light, it actually clarifies and deepens the musical’s themes and narrative. This present opening Christmas Day is an unalloyed triumph.