A review of San Francisco Ballet's "Cinderella" by Robert Johnson in The Star-Ledger.
Fiddling with the libretto creates new problems. Having already met the Prince, Cinderella must wear a mask to the ball so he doesn’t recognize her. Her unmasking, and not the chiming of the clock, is her undoing. This Prince also has a childhood friend named Benjamin, who must be disposed of before his familiarity poisons the romance. Wheeldon improbably makes Benjamin fall for one of the Stepsisters, who, in this version, are neither distinct personalities nor sufficiently grotesque.