Long Distance: Another growth in a great, big 'Woods'

Greta Oglesby (The Witch) and David Darrow (The Baker) perform in Theater Latte Da's upcoming production, "Into the Woods."

Those "Woods" are getting mighty trampled by this point.

The reference, of course, is to the Tony Award-winning 1987 James Lapineand Stephen Sondheimmusical "Into the Woods,"which opens in a newly-conceived Theater Latte Daproduction at The Ritzon March 7 (previews begin on March 4).

Refashioned from its out-of-town tryout in San Diego in 1986, the complex musical mash-up of Grimm-like fairy tales felt funky, cerebral, and decidedly urban-old-fashioned when it opened on Broadway almost 30 years ago.

As if the original Freudian twists and turns weren't quite enough for Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, her wolf, a couple of princes, a witch, and a narrator (not to mention the newly-created Baker and his wife, "but that's another story, never mind, anyway"), "Woods" has been put back into the books, literally, in a 2002 New York revival, kicked outside in London in 2010, and most recently grown as tall as a beanstalk in a big-budget, big box office-winner in 2014.

Then there's the 10-person, single piano version currently running Off Broadway, which actually seems to take place inside a piano, all of which makes you wonder what the innovative Theater Latte Da can do to make the folklore feel fresh.


Well, it seems they'll be setting it in a Bavarian beer garden. Of course.

They have a few more aces up their collective sleeves, though. Peter Rothsteinis at the helm, which is always a grand sign, and the 10-person cast includes IVEY Award-Winner Greta Oglesbyand City Pages 2013 Best Emerging Actor David Darrow.

So, pull up a stein and get ready to pick apart a tricky thicket.

If you're suffering from foliage ennui, there's good news over at the Ordway. To celebrate its new 1,100-seat concert hall, the celebrated St. Paul theater is doing what is variously called "22 Days of Opening Nights"or "Rock the Ordway"from March 1 through 22.

For a hysterical discussion of the bad math skills, mystery, hype, and snark surrounding the event, check out their blog at .

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