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re: Into the Woods dream casting for Cast #3, starting in 6 weeks? (wink)
Last Edit: lordofspeech 10:27 am EDT 08/15/22
Posted by: lordofspeech 10:26 am EDT 08/15/22
In reply to: re: Into the Woods dream casting for Cast #3, starting in 6 weeks? (wink) - Chazwaza 08:25 pm EDT 08/14/22

Re: Different-colored casting:
A woman with brownish skin played the Baker’s Wife in the beautiful production at Hudson Valley Shakespeare. She was excellent. In that production, the Baker and Cinderella were superb, and the Princes doubled with the stepsisters and it knotted the sprawl of the show up very very nicely.

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I do think that who the witch is and who her mother was and who snd what she is to the Baker’s Father and the Baker and Rapunzel is under-explored in the script. Ditto, Rapunzel’s final exit and her relationship to her brother the Baker. For me, it works that the Baker’s Wife’s fate is arbitary, but there just seem too many arbitaries in the second act. The Steward, Jack’s mum…just so many un-earned resolves, including particularly the Witch.
When I think of how Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE resolves nearly as many odd plots, and does so heartbreakingly, I think Lapine might’ve just been a little too rushed. (I think this about the out-of-the-blue pregnancy of Dot in SUNDAY IN….; it may be a Lapine aesthetic…the curveball late in the plot.)
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