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Into the Woods: Christopher Carl is the big bad wolf, and Tracy Katz Paladini is Red.
Bruce Bennett
Into the Woods: Christopher Carl is the big bad wolf, and Tracy Katz Paladini is Red.

The resulting production is laborious rather than spellbinding. Slow is the going through much of this material, bizarre though it may be. Even the jokes about the Critic's "fat track-suit wife" lose their punch. Still, McPherson has gained such a reputation as one of Ireland's hottest young playwrights that we might be grateful to Theater LaB for bringing the hard script to Houston and showing us a bit of what the fuss is about.

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