Vanguard Theater Company's production of "Into the Woods" is entering its final weekend of performances. The show closes Sunday, Jan. 23.

NJArts.net hailed the production as one that "Sondheim, an ardent mentor of young artists throughout his life, would have approved," Vanguard noted in an announcement of the final weekend. The site's editor, Jay Lustig, wrote: "It wasn’t just that the actors got their lines right and sang the right notes and smoothly moved around the stage. The production made such a strong impression because they really made the characters their own and projected a strong sense of personality... This says a lot about the skill of director Janeece Freeman Clark (who is also Vanguard’s founding artistic director), and serves as an effective advertisement for the quality of the training in the Dream VTC program — and the skill of the aspiring actors who are participating in it."

While Sunday's closing performance is nearly sold out, as of Thursday night there were still tickets available in all sections for Friday night's 8 p.m. performance, and Saturday's 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. performances.

Vanguard says it has taken many measures to keep audiences and cast/team members safe, including augmenting air filtration and flow, requiring N95 and KN95 masks for audience members, testing the cast and team members daily and conducting vaccine and temperature checks.

Vanguard had pushed the production back a week because of the recent coronavirus surge.

"We were determined to do all we could to open," director Janeece Freeman Clark said. "We felt that, more than ever, it was important for audiences to be able to come together and experience this musical about taking control of your story and finding the miraculous and hopeful, even when life feels most precarious."

Tickets and more information available at bit.ly/ticketsVTC.