With a goal of introducing theater to nontraditional audiences, Ten Thousand Things has consistently chosen works meant to captivate in new and surprising ways. Their new staging of musical standard Into the Woods, the fantastical work by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, starts with the fairytale storyline of a married couple whose hopes to conceive a child have been dashed by a witch’s curse. They go on a journey to collect four magical objects to break the spell. Regardless of the imaginary world these characters inhabit, the empathetic longing at the core of the tale has an undeniable power to enchant, especially when evoked by the seasoned direction of Marcela Lorca (recently named TTT’s artistic director). Boasting an ensemble drawn from some of the most acclaimed performers in the Twin Cities, Into the Woods possesses enough spellbinding potential to convince even the most dubious audiences of the bewitching power of theater. Find tickets and more info at tenthousandthings.org. Shows are at Open Book (1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-215-2650) February 21-23; February 28 through March 3, March 17, and March 21-24; shows are at North Garden Theater (929 Seventh St. W., St. Paul; 651-321-4769) February 24, March 7-10, and March 14-16.