History Theatre / IntoTheWoods

30th Nov '17 10:41:46 PM Ganondox
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*CerebusKnight:[[spoiler:The Giantess]]
15th Jul '17 12:27:34 PM Rtkat3
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** Jack's Mother earns ActionMom points for standing up to the giant in Act 2. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well for her, however.]]

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** Jack's Mother earns ActionMom points for standing up to the giant giant's wife in Act 2. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well for her, however.]]



* BigBad: Subverted, as there is no official main villain in the show. The Witch might come off as the villain at first, but as the show progresses, we learn that her actions are very much justifiable, and eventually, she becomes extremely sympathetic ([[spoiler: mainly after Rapunzel's death]]). The Giantess, while being a major antagonistic force, simply wanted justice for the death of her husband, and the chaos and death that she had caused are often portrayed as accidents (considering that she was near sighted and had lost her glasses). The only character to be truly evil and despicable is the Wolf, and even he's given a hint of sympathetic light (''"Ask a wolf's mother!"'').

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* BigBad: Subverted, as there is no official main villain in the show. The Witch might come off as the villain at first, but as the show progresses, we learn that her actions are very much justifiable, and eventually, she becomes extremely sympathetic ([[spoiler: mainly after Rapunzel's death]]). The Giantess, Giant's wife, while being a major antagonistic force, simply wanted justice for the death of her husband, and the chaos and death that she had caused are often portrayed as accidents (considering that she was near sighted and had lost her glasses). The only character to be truly evil and despicable is the Wolf, and even he's given a hint of sympathetic light (''"Ask a wolf's mother!"'').



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Rapunzel, Jack's mother, Red's family, and the Baker's wife and the father who only just came back into his life are dead. Cinderella has left her philandering prince. Neither of the Princes seemed to learn a lesson and have happily moved on to their next conquests. The Witch is either dead or gone off to parts unknown, and much of the country has been destroyed by the giantess stomping around. But Jack, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Baker, and his child are alive, and all of them having emotionally matured and plan to become a family.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Rapunzel, Jack's mother, Red's family, and the Baker's wife and the father who only just came back into his life are dead. Cinderella has left her philandering prince. Neither of the Princes seemed to learn a lesson and have happily moved on to their next conquests. The Witch is either dead or gone off to parts unknown, and much of the country has been destroyed by the giantess giant's wife stomping around. But Jack, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Baker, and his child are alive, and all of them having emotionally matured and plan to become a family.]]



* BlindWithoutEm: The giantess is nearsighted and so can't actually tell which of the little people running around her feet are the boy she's trying to kill.

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* BlindWithoutEm: The giantess giant's wife is nearsighted and so can't actually tell which of the little people running around her feet are the boy she's trying to kill.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Probably one of the most blatant examples in theater history. [[spoiler: When the characters all encounter the Giantess who is looking for the lad Jack who killed her husband, they decide to offer her somebody else as a sacrifice. Unable to figure out what to do, they decide to [[BreakingTheFourthWall offer the Narrator]]. The Narrator reminds them that if he is wiped out, they won't know the outcome of the story. Regardless of this, however, the Witch herself gives the Narrator to the Giantess. Seeing that the Narrator isn't Jack, the Giantess drops the Narrator and he is killed. The Baker's Wife, apparently concerned about how the story will go along without the Narrator, inevitably points out: "We might have thought of something else."]]

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Probably one of the most blatant examples in theater history. [[spoiler: When the characters all encounter the Giantess who is looking for the lad Jack who killed her husband, they decide to offer her somebody else as a sacrifice. Unable to figure out what to do, they decide to [[BreakingTheFourthWall offer the Narrator]]. The Narrator reminds them that if he is wiped out, they won't know the outcome of the story. Regardless of this, however, the Witch herself gives the Narrator to the Giantess. Giant's wife. Seeing that the Narrator isn't Jack, the Giantess Giant's wife drops the Narrator and he is killed. The Baker's Wife, apparently concerned about how the story will go along without the Narrator, inevitably points out: "We might have thought of something else."]]



** Cinderella with her mother's spirit when visiting her grave. Mom later stooges off the stepsisters when they try to swipe Cinderella's fiance.

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** Cinderella with her mother's spirit when visiting her grave. Mom The Stepmother later stooges off the stepsisters her daughters when they try to swipe Cinderella's fiance.



* DeathBySex: The heroes split up to search for Jack to protect him from a marauding Giant. While she's searching, the Baker's Wife meets up with the Prince and [[spoiler: has sex with him; she's crushed by the Giant almost immediately afterward.]]

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* DeathBySex: The heroes split up to search for Jack to protect him from a marauding Giant. While she's searching, the Baker's Wife meets up with the Prince and [[spoiler: has sex with him; she's crushed by the Giant Giant's wife almost immediately afterward.]]



** [[spoiler:And the Giantess.]]

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** [[spoiler:And the Giantess.Giant's wife.]]



* GreyAndGrayMorality: Pointed out in act 2. The giantess that was causing so much destruction was rightly furious at Jack, and the chaos and carnage she caused was largely accidental. The characters spend a scene or two contemplating just who is the villain anymore. Probably best summed up in "No One Is Alone":

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Pointed out in act 2. The giantess giant's wife that was causing so much destruction was rightly furious at Jack, and the chaos and carnage she caused was largely accidental. The characters spend a scene or two contemplating just who is the villain anymore. Probably best summed up in "No One Is Alone":



** [[spoiler:Jack is actually the biggest one. Even though everyone is guilty in some way for the events of Act 2, Jack is arguably the most responsible. On his first trip up the beanstalk, after being taken care of by the Giantess, he steals her gold when her husband appears and escapes. He later goes back simply to steal more to get his cow back. Then, after being taunted by a girl he had probably never met before in his life, he goes back and steals AGAIN just to prove her wrong. In Act 2, he never really pays for his actions; the only punishment he gets is the indirect death of his mother, and when he learns about this, he wants to kill the man who tried to stop her from pissing the Giantess off more, instead of feeling guilt for causing the whole mess in the first place.]]

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** [[spoiler:Jack is actually the biggest one. Even though everyone is guilty in some way for the events of Act 2, Jack is arguably the most responsible. On his first trip up the beanstalk, after being taken care of by the Giantess, he steals her gold when her husband appears and escapes. He later goes back simply to steal more to get his cow back. Then, after being taunted by a girl he had probably never met before in his life, he goes back and steals AGAIN just to prove her wrong. In Act 2, he never really pays for his actions; the only punishment he gets is the indirect death of his mother, and when he learns about this, he wants to kill the man who tried to stop her from pissing the Giantess Giant's wife off more, instead of feeling guilt for causing the whole mess in the first place.]]



* MusicalisInterruptus: The final lines of "No One is Alone" are usually cut off by [[spoiler: the Giantess' arrival]]. Soundtracks typically keep the lines intact, though.

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* MusicalisInterruptus: The final lines of "No One is Alone" are usually cut off by [[spoiler: the Giantess' arrival]].arrival of the Giant's wife]]. Soundtracks typically keep the lines intact, though.



* RageAgainstTheAuthor: [[spoiler:They give the Narrator to the Giantess to save themselves.]]

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* RageAgainstTheAuthor: [[spoiler:They give the Narrator to the Giantess Giant's wife to save themselves.]]



** [[spoiler:Rapunzel's twin babies.]] In some productions, [[spoiler:they die with their mother under the Giantess' foot. In case you didn't get that Act II was going to be rough...]]

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** [[spoiler:Rapunzel's twin babies.]] In some productions, [[spoiler:they die with their mother under the Giantess' foot.foot of the Giant's wife. In case you didn't get that Act II was going to be rough...]]
17th Mar '17 2:58:29 AM dave73085
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->''"And happily ever after!"''\\

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->''"And happily happy ever after!"''\\
17th Mar '17 2:51:44 AM dave73085
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** The notes of Cinderella's wish during the prologue ("shiver and quiver little tree; silver and gold rain down on me") later become the basis of the song "So Happy," in which the main characters have had their wishes fulfilled.

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** The notes of Cinderella's wish during the prologue ("shiver and quiver little tree; silver and gold rain down on me") later become the basis of the song "So Happy," in which the main characters have had their is, of course, all about having wishes fulfilled.
17th Mar '17 2:48:49 AM dave73085
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** The notes of Cinderella's wish during the prologue ("shiver and quiver little tree; silver and gold rain down on me") later become the basis of the song "So Happy," in which the main characters have had their wishes fulfilled.
17th Jan '17 1:26:01 PM Gosicrystal
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: From when the Witch reveals to the Baker that she claimed his younger sibling as payment for a wish.
--> '''Baker:''' I had a brother?
--> '''Witch:''' No! But you had a sister.



** Speaking of which, the Giantess' relationship with Jack may be a bit MrsRobinson. "And you know, she's big, but you don't feel small" and "She holds you close to her giant breast" after which Jack also echoes LRRH's words that he "knows things now". The part about "Someone bigger than her comes along the hall to swallow you for lunch" is reminiscent of a husband coming home to find his wife with a lover.

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** Speaking of which, the The Giantess' relationship with Jack may be a bit MrsRobinson. "And you know, she's big, but you don't feel small" and "She holds you close to her giant breast" after which Jack also echoes LRRH's words that he "knows things now". The part about "Someone bigger than her comes along the hall to swallow you for lunch" is reminiscent of a husband coming home to find his wife with a lover.



* GoodIsNotNice: Or more accurately "Nice Is Different Than Good", as the wolf is very nice to Red Ridinghood initially, the easier to eventually kill her.



* NoExceptYes: From when the Witch reveals to the Baker that she claimed his younger sibling as payment for a wish.
--> '''Baker''': I had a brother?
--> '''Witch''': No! But you had a sister.
21st Dec '16 8:08:52 PM JMQwilleran
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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: When the Baker's wife and the Prince have a romantic encounter in the woods, he tells her that "Right and wrong don't matter in the woods. Only feelings." After the deed goes down, she spends the rest of the song wrestling with her conscience before finally rationalizing it.
18th Dec '16 7:04:49 PM AdelePotter
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* DeathGlare:
** The Witch usually gets in a few before the curtain falls, most often when someone says something stupid. (Which is ''often''.)
** Played for BlackComedy when ''everyone'' gives one to [[spoiler:the ''Narrator'' of all people when he won't shut up at a particularly bad time]].


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* OnlySaneMan: The Narrator, by virtue of not actually being ''in'' the story. [[spoiler:At first]]. Within the story itself, the Witch. Yes, the LargeHam sorceress who kidnapped a young girl is the character with the most common sense. This explains a ''lot'' about how things go so OffTheRails later.
18th Dec '16 3:10:37 PM CamrocG
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* MusicalisInterruptus: The final lines of "No One is Alone" are usually cut off by [[spoiler: the Giantess' arrival]]. Soundtracks typically keep the lines intact, though.
9th Oct '16 8:50:08 AM erforce
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[[{{Creator/Disney}} Walt Disney Pictures]] released a [[Film/IntoTheWoods film adaptation]] on Christmas Day, 2014, with Rob Marshall (''Film/{{Chicago}}'' and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean 4'') directing an AllStarCast including Creator/AnnaKendrick as Cinderella, Creator/ChrisPine as Prince Charming, Creator/MerylStreep as the Witch, Creator/JohnnyDepp as the Big Bad Wolf and many more. This being [[{{Disneyfication}} a Disney production]], Sondheim himself [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/06/23/stephen-sondheim-statement-into-the-woods/ has confirmed]] that this adaptation is LighterAndSofter than the original, though [[http://www.playbill.com/news/article/sondheim-issues-response-following-report-of-disney-into-the-woods-film-cha-322818 reports on this front]] [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/06/23/stephen-sondheim-statement-into-the-woods/ have been]] [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/08/14/into-the-woods-rob-marshall/ conflicting]] (linked article contains spoilers for both versions).

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[[{{Creator/Disney}} Walt Disney Pictures]] released a [[Film/IntoTheWoods film adaptation]] on Christmas Day, 2014, with Rob Marshall (''Film/{{Chicago}}'' and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean 4'') ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'') directing an AllStarCast including Creator/AnnaKendrick as Cinderella, Creator/ChrisPine as Prince Charming, Creator/MerylStreep as the Witch, Creator/JohnnyDepp as the Big Bad Wolf and many more. This being [[{{Disneyfication}} a Disney production]], Sondheim himself [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/06/23/stephen-sondheim-statement-into-the-woods/ has confirmed]] that this adaptation is LighterAndSofter than the original, though [[http://www.playbill.com/news/article/sondheim-issues-response-following-report-of-disney-into-the-woods-film-cha-322818 reports on this front]] [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/06/23/stephen-sondheim-statement-into-the-woods/ have been]] [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/08/14/into-the-woods-rob-marshall/ conflicting]] (linked article contains spoilers for both versions).
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