Very Entertaining and Unique Play

Review of Into the Woods at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Written by Sharleen Cruz during an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School

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Have you ever seen the play Into the Woods It is a very entertaining and unique play. It's a musical and fairytale play consisting a bit of romance , betrayal , suspense , action , and mystery. The play has dramatic plot twists and has a theme to it. It is hosted in the Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle W.A. In my opinion I would say to go watch the play Into the Woods in the Fifth Avenue Theater and here are my reasons why.

Into the Woods is a play mixed with a ton of other fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood , Jack and the Beanstalk , Cinderella , and more. The play includes all these fairy tales because the main characters get a curse on them and they need certain items from those fairy tales to get the curse away. The play does not leave any cliff hangers they always find a solution to their problems and something new always happens. It's a two part play but the first part of the play gets solved then new problems come in and they have to solve those problems.

Into the Woods is an excellent play because the theme (Dianoia) to it is amazing. One example is when the baker's wife died he had a genuine reaction. It looked like his heart just dropped and he couldn't believe it was happening even though it wasn’t really happening in real life. This evidence reveals that you need to enjoy every little moment with someone because you never know when something is just going to happen out of the blue. Like the baker's wife just died out of nowhere and he couldn't believe it he was in shock and probably wished he could have spent more time with her. The evidence also reveals that when Jack's mother died he couldn't believe it he thought they weren't being serious but when they told Jack that her mother is really gone he was in shock. Jack couldn’t believe his own ears he was in shock to the point he couldn’t speak he just stood there in silence while everyone else was just in shock too.

Another reason Into the Woods is an excellent play is because the plot ( Mythos ) is amazing . One example is when the baker and his wife had to find all 4 items in a short period of time. This evidence suggests that the plot is dramatic , filled with action , and very suspenseful because they need to find all 4 items to break the curse that was put on them. A second example is that in all the different fairy tales there were conflicts going on. All the different conflicts had to be solved and when they were solved a new conflict would happen and all the different conflicts were connected to each fairy tale which made it more suspenseful on what was going to happen and if it would end well. I can conclude that this example is dramatic , filled with action , and very suspenseful to make the play interesting and exciting.

In conclusion I think people should go watch Into the Woods because it's a very entertaining and unique play. The play is a musical with popular fairy tales. The play consists of a bit of romance , betrayal , suspense , action , and mystery. The play has a theme and has dramatic plot twists. In my opinion I think people should go watch it with their kids because it is a funny and child friendly play. Overall people should go watch it because it is worth watching.

Lead photo: Sarah "SG" Garcia, Cayman Ilika, Eric Ankrim, Porscha Shaw, Yusuf Seevers, Anne Allgood, and Nik Hagen. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka


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This review was written as part of an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School in Jessica Fishman's 6th Grade Language Arts classes, taught by Press Corps teaching artists Jordi Montes and Jay Chavez.

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