by Lulu Diamond
The collaborative genius of Stephen Sondheim and David Ives is evident in every note, every line, and every scene of Here We Are, which opened Off-Broadway on October 22nd at The Shed. Sondheim’s signature melodic complexity intertwines seamlessly with Ives’ sharp and witty dialogue, creating a narrative that is both heartwarming and intellectually stimulating. Under the expert guidance of director Joe Mantello, the production comes alive with energy and precision, showcasing the immense talent of this all-star cast. Rachel Bay Jones and Bobby Cannavale are in their element, giving performances filled with humor and heart. David Zinn’s scenic design is a true marvel and incorporates some of the most innovative transitions seen in an Off-Broadway theater. Though the show’s score is notably unfinished, Here We Are still delivers an enjoyable evening of entertainment, living up to the legacy of Sondheim.