Fairy tales are often dismissed as "kids' stuff" because people mistake the form's simplicity of storytelling for being simplicity of meaning and moral. But Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine realized that the inherent simplicity allowed them to tell an emotionally complex story with Into the Woods. The duo set the stock characters of fairy tales -- Cinderella, Rapunzel, bold princes and horrid witches -- in the same magical forest and let their desires and motivations create a tangle of plots and cross-purposes that result in an emotionally complex (and satisfying) story. The Muny presents its first-ever production of Into the Woods at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday through Monday (July 21 through 27) at the Muny in Forest Park (314-361-1900 or www.muny.org). Tickets are $14 to $87.
July 21-27, 8:15 p.m., 2015

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