Pitt Theatre Has Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’; Kasa Reilly’s ‘Dolina’ at New Hazlett (Thurs., 4/11/19)

1) The Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods has been a subject of aesthetic controversy since its 1987 Broadway debut. Some critics and fans, deeply moved by this mashup of dark fairy tales, call it a masterpiece. Some consider it brilliant in spots but flawed, while others just say Whaaat? To complicate the matter, many people know Into the Woods only from the 2014 movie version, with Meryl Streep (in the clip above) and Johnny Depp—but the movie has brilliances and flaws of its own. The musical deserves a viewing live on stage, and Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts is presenting it that way. See Little Red Ridinghood and the Wolf, Cinderella, Jack and the Giant, and the rest of the mysterious gang at the Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial. 8 p.m. Performances continue through April 14. 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (MV)

2) A new modern dance by a new choreographer premieres at the New Hazlett. Ann Arbor native Kasia Reilly, who has studied and performed in dance extensively, makes her feature-length choreographic debut with Dolina. She describes the piece as “four dancers making their way through an uncanny valley of hysteria, isolation, and hope.” The four include Reilly herself. Dolina is presented by the New Hazlett as part of Pittsburgh’s Community Supported Art series. 8 p.m. Runs through tomorrow. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)