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  Into The Woods at Mercury Theater

Into The Woods

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Ave Chicago

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, The Hypocrites bring their heightened and playful sense of theatricality to the beloved musical INTO THE WOODS. INTO THE WOODS tells the epic fairytale of several Brothers Grimm characters including the Baker and his Wife who learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse. As they set off on a journey to break the curse, the couple encounters Jack of Beanstalk fame, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella and her suitors, and the Witch herself. While everyone's wish is granted, the consequences of their actions return to haunt them.

Presented by The Hypocrites

Thru - Apr 5, 2014

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $22-$59

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-325-1700

Running Time: 2hrs, 40mins; one intermission

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  Into The Woods Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Button's production is never shoddy nor unprofessional and, at times, the determination of its execution by a very creative young cast creates admirable truths of its own, lifting some moments into the beautiful or the ennobling. The commitment is full and the stakes high. But the show does not reach all the way to grandmother's house."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...The clever concept animating The Hypocrites' production of "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical that elaborately interweaves the quests of a slew of classic fairy tale characters, is clear from the moment you enter the Mercury Theater Chicago. The stage, featuring a beguilingly naive set by William Boles, suggests the playground of a top-notch arts magnet school, with brightly chalked-up walls, a slide, chairs in primary colors, a plastic train set, and toy chests full of costume pieces. And when it's time for the characters to travel into the often dangerous, confusing woods, the trees appear in full bloom with bungee cord branches laced with balloons."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...Yet the visual motif does nothing to deepen the theme; more often than not, it just gets in the way. A good thing, then, that the production is so strong on the fundamentals. Look past the bungees (as well as some other cutesy gestures) and you'll see ten talented, personable actors perform the hell out of a great work of theatrical art, supported by a sharp offstage band."
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Tony Adler

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...And the cast is largely winning: Joel Ewing is a strong, somewhat smartass Baker who's interestingly matched in goofiness by Allison Hendrix as the Baker's Wife, while Sarah Bockel finds appealing notes doubling as Cinderella and Rapunzel. Will Skrip and Michael Brown mine competitive princes for solid laughs, and Hannah Dawe charmingly positions the matter-of-fact Little Red as a cousin of Zosia Mamet's Shoshana from Girls."
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Kris Vire

ShowBizChicago - Recommended

"...Any shortcomings of this production are alleviated by Mr. Button’s exceptional casting of ten, each finding their own voice within Sondheim’s tricky cadences along with Matt Deitchman’s spot-on musical direction.   Aubrey McGrath’s skillful and thrilling interpretation of “Giants In The Sky” rivals any cast recorded version; Will Skrip and Michael Brown are perfectly suited as the Brothers Charming as their “Agony” can surely be alleviated by being cast in a Corbin Fisher video; Sarah Bockel’s gorgeous and belty soprano makes her Cinderella less vulnerable than most which makes me like her character interpretation all the more; Hillary Marren’s commanding Witch will haunt you long after you leave the theatre and yes, she knocks “Children Will Listen” out of the stratosphere."
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Michael J. Roberts

Chicago Theatre Addict - Recommended

"...Into the Woods is one of those shows that feels like a comfortable, old friend. I basically grew up on a well-worn VHS of the original Broadway production, which felt like a work so tailor-made to the remarkable original ensemble cast, featuring stand-out performances by Johanna Gleason (who won a Tony for her work) and Bernadette Peters, that woe to anyone who attempted to recreate the magic."
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Robert Bullen

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...The trick of "Into the Woods" is giving wings to the more serious, yet also darkly funny, drama of Act II. It is amid this epidemic of personal misery that director Button makes his real mark. Here the cast breaks from earlier farce to become characters struggling with punctured dreams and disillusionment, but who rally together in the face of a greater concern - indeed, a common enemy, a Giant that threatens their entire way of life, Prince and everyman alike. To the shared credit of Button and music director Matt Deitchman, the turning events only draw the viewer deeper into the woods."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...The cast performs admirably, with Sarah Bockel bringing both knock-out vocals and tangible sorrow to the roles of Cinderella and Rapunzel. Aubrey McGrath's Jack is a lovable young rube, Allison Hendrix as the Baker's Wife demonstrates significant comic skill and Joel Ewing's everyman Baker convincingly oscillates between being resolute and perplexed. I wish...that the staging were not so uneven, which would have allowed them to more fully display their skills."
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Erika Mikkalo

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...There were some worthy dramatic moments especially from Joel Ewing as the Baker. He was the lone shinning light in this wacky production. Theatre patrons be warned this isn't your mainstream Into The Woods - rather a poorly sung cheeky version. On opening might, the only audience members who laughed heartily were younger folks who have probably never seen the original-inspired productions of Into The Woods such the wonderful 2010 version by Porchlight Musical Theatre staring Bethany Thomas."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...Into The Woods clocks in at nearly three hours. I hope that someday we will have a slimmer version akin to the shortened and thus improved The Color Purple heading back to Broadway now. In the last several decades, many have done battle to make the second act as entertaining as the first which flies by. But the fact that Button comes as close as he does to creating a total triumph here is testament to his creative team's skill, determination, and pluck."

David Zak

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The production is one where we do not see the musicians under the direction of Matt Deitchman who amazingly uses his four musicians to make the music come alive and not drown out the actors on stage and the choreography ( Katie Spelman) and fight Choreography ( Alex Tey) work to perfection as they move about the intimate Mercury stage. Special kudos to Eleanor Kahn, for her prop design and the undertaking of finding so many items as well as making sure they were where they needed to be at all times. With a zany bunch like the- Hypocrites, that could be a tough assignment."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...And naturally, kudos must go to Geoff Button for his direction, which manages to hold all those disparate elements together; you almost wait for something to go wrong in such a production, but it’s a testament to The Hypocrites skill that such scenarios never play out."
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Peter Thomas Ricci

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...The Hypocrites have a reputation as one of Chicagoland's most adventurous and edgy acting companies. A revival of a Broadway musical like "Into the Woods," however offbeat the show may be, doesn't exactly fit the Hypocrites resume. But they come through like they were a musical theater entity, meeting and conquering the demands of the Sondheim vehicle as though they were to the manner born. "Into the Woods" is not my favorite Sondheim musical (could the Hypocrites be talked into reviving his classic "Company"?), but this presentation is glorious."

Dan Zeff

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"... I loved going INTO THE WOODS. As I had expected, this Hypocrites‘ version has their signature whimsy. And that made me love it more. "

Katy Walsh

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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