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Baker’s Age? Into the Woods dream casting for Cast #3, starting in 6 weeks? (wink)
Last Edit: lordofspeech 10:54 am EDT 08/15/22
Posted by: lordofspeech 10:46 am EDT 08/15/22
In reply to: re: Into the Woods dream casting for Cast #3, starting in 6 weeks? (wink) - AlanScott 09:41 pm EDT 08/14/22

Replying to Alan Scott’s gloss on the age of the Baker:

Is the Baker not able to produce children or is it that he cannot get and sustain erections? The curse seems to have been laid on his genitals, not his wife’s (cf., the pointing of the witch’s staff at his groin). They could be a young couple dealing with the problem of his overall masculinity. And, of course, her sticking with him, and their partnership (It Takes two) results in the healing of his, ahem, penis.
I think it’s important that he seem recognizable as a cis heterosexual male with a problem, not as a gender-fluid guy. He wants to be the man who can make his wife conceive, I think. Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien, for all their talent and humor, never lost sight of this in their work. And they were well matched. (The marriage of the movie’s Baker and wife just never seemed real.)

SPOILERS:
Having the Baker couple be young-ish makes it more tragic, makes her life and her choices both more frustrating and heroic, and suggests that her adulterous fling (even though it’s in the second act) is somewhat overdue.

I think the Baker’s Wife should not be traditionally pretty. (Are we allowed to acknowledge that there is still such a thing as traditionally pretty?). But Cinderella should be. Just because.
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