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Chicago

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50 Shades! The Musical Parody

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Drunk Shakespeare

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods: Theater review by Adam Feldman Into the woods we go again in Fiasco Theater’s cozied, modestly pleasing revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 musical. Since the production arrives hot on the gold-slippered heels of a 2012 Central Park revival and a new movie, there’s not much shock left in what Into the Woods itself does with such folktale icons as Cinderella (Claire Karpen), Little Red Riding Hood (Emily Young) and the beanstalk-climbing Jack (Patrick Mulryan): The mash-up of the first act becomes a squash-up in the second as an angry giant wreaks havoc, and everyone’s happy endings turn out to be built on sand (or burial grounds). The element of surprise now stems mainly from Fiasco’s ingenuity, as 11 performers (including Jennifer Mudge as the Witch) divvy up all the roles and narration and also play the instruments. The trees are ropes, arranged to suggest the innards of a piano; Rapunzel’s hair is yellow yarn; the Princes double as Cinderella’s stepsisters, with window-curtain dresses still on their rod. This Into the Woods looks like it was officially sponsored by Etsy and has the vibe of a college show put on by friends who have cast themselves in parts they might not otherwise play: Jessie Austrian makes a gutsy Baker’s Wife, but her directors and fellow Fiasco leaders, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, are less effective. Still, the show’s dorm-spun style is often amusing, even if most of the humor happens to the side of the material. (Andy

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Winners

Winners: Theater review by Helen ShawIn Maggie Bofill's weirdly retrograde comedy Winners, we meet a family already disintegrating. Dad Brian (Grant Shaud) has been unemployed for a year; mother Mabel (Florencia Lozano) is overburdened and distant; son Tommy (David Gelles) knows an explosive secret about his ex-boss; and daughter Gabby (Arielle Goldman) is a haphazardly written, artsy-awkward, eloquent-silent 11-year-old. There are some good performances here, but the show’s farcical outer layer conceals ugly politics: We reach twin climaxes when dad finally manages to issue an order to his wife and Tommy buys a stupidly expensive trashcan. If this fable is meant as pitch-black comment on our culture's repulsive man-as-protector messaging, Pamela Berlin's sentimental production doesn't seem to know it. (“I got you,” characters coo to each other, as no one, anywhere, ever does.) Still, the cast is game, and this alone makes the show occasionally likeable. Also, in the piece's cleverest conceit, deft comic actors Curran Connor and Stephanie Hsu play the family pets. They comment on the family's dynamics by yakking up plastic vomit or peeing on the set. Depending on your sensitivity to gender politics, you might wind up a little queasy, too.—Helen ShawEnsemble Studio Theater (see Off Broadway). By Maggie Bofill. Directed by Pamela Berlin. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission.

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Another Medea

Broadway's Tom Hewitt, who has specialized in playing villains of various stripes (in musicals including The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) offers a modern-day take on the mother of all infanticides in an intimate solo play, directed by Aaron Mark.

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Honeymoon in Vegas. Nederlander Theatre (see Broadway). Book by Andrew Bergman. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Gary Griffin. With Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, Tony Danza. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Honeymoon in Vegas: In brief Rebounding from the sadly short run of his Bridges of Madison County, composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown is back with a bouncy and bright musical adaptation of the 1992 movie comedy. Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley and Tony Danza star, alongside several Elvis impersonators. Honeymoon in Vegas: Theater review by David Cote How to answer snobs who denounce Broadway as a cultural wasteland of gaudy lights, musical cheese and tacky titillation, a place where suckers from around the world flock to get fleeced? You could say at least it’s not…Las Vegas? Well, the Great White Way has now become Sodom of the Southwest, and whatever happens there is definitely not staying there: Honeymoon in Vegas is too damn fun to keep secret. Jason Robert Brown’s big and brassy score borrows gleefully from the obvious sources—Sinatra, Mancini and Liberace—and splices that swingin’ lounge vibe with his own bouncy, wryly neurotic voice. For those who loved and mourned The Bridges of Madison County last season, they know Brown as a serious composer-lyricist who writes keenly about passion and loneliness. So it’s a thrill to see his musical craft and depth in the service of so much splendid silliness. Because let’s face it: Andrew Bergman’s bo

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The Woodsman

Even before writer, codirector, set- and puppet-designer star James Ortiz asks the audience to “imagine” in a brief prologue, we’ve already been thrust into a dark corner of Oz, where gnarled branches loom and unsettling noises signal danger. Strangemen & Co.’s immersive and practically wordless adaptation of the writings of L. Frank Baum uses low-tech stagecraft like evocative Bunraku puppets (the wicked witch is chilling), haunting vocal sound effects and a lone violinist to tell the backstory of Dorothy’s cherished Tin Man (Ortiz), once a mortal axman who sacrificed an arm and a leg and a whole lot more in the name of love. Emotions are communicated through simple gestures, grunts and glances, not one wasted. Touching on mortality, futility and fate, The Woodsman is a grown-up fairy tale that proves happiness is a worthwhile goal, even if it doesn’t last ever after.—Theater review by Raven Snook The Woodsman. 59E59 (see Off Broadway). By James Ortiz. Based on the writings of L. Frank Baum. Directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr. No intermission.

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Constellations

Constellations. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (see Broadway). By Nick Payne. Directed by Michael Longhurst. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson. Running time: 1hr 5mins. No intermission. Constellations: In brief Jake Gyllenhaal, who proved his stage chops in 2012's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, reteams with that play's author, Nick Payne, for a U.S. premiere. Gyllenhaal plays a beekeeper who meets a quantum theorist (The Affair's Ruth Wilson), and their romance unfolds in a dazzling series of what-if scenarios. Constellations: Theater review by Adam Feldman Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are the stars of Constellations, and as that implies, they must make themselves multiple. Inspired by quantum mechanics, Nick Payne’s captivating play, directed crisply by Michael Longhurst, explores the idea of parallel universes in a mosaic of scenes that often restart and branch off in new directions, skipping forward and backward in time. “Every decision you’ve ever and never made” creates a different reality, and the play shows us fragments of some of them. It puts narrative in a house of infinite shattered mirrors. Beekeeper Roland (Gyllenhaal) and cosmologist Marianne (Wilson) are on-again, off-again lovers: in some worlds on, in some worlds off. Their relationship and its challenges—infidelity, illness, death—vary in ways that sometimes reflect nuances of their behavior and sometimes stem from forces beyond their control (which may not be such different things). Informed by author

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