Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" is briefly back in the Los Angeles area, for the first time since the national tour originated at the Ahmanson. This ingenious examination of a group of fairy tales is at Pierce College's main theater, a much more intimate space (375 seats) than the Ahmanson. The company is the Soap Box Players, a community theater that's using one Equity actor.
The revival will best be appreciated by those who already have seen the show and/or listened to the album and want to refresh their memories. There are some strong, well-cast singer/actors here, especially Jeff Wallach as Jack, Darryl D. Winslow as the Baker and Fiama Fricano as the Baker's Wife. But on opening night, Roy Spicer III's orchestra overwhelmed some of the lyrics sung by the production's weaker cast members, especially in the first part of the show.