Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents this world premiere production featuring live music by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell, classical puppetry, and the timeless classics that have transcended generations. More…
Go beyond the magic and into the imagination of the iconic author Hans Christian Andersen, and discover how his complicated personal life inspired countless beloved tales such as "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Ugly Duckling," and more.
See it if You like fairy tales. The singing was good. Liked the personal stories but some of the detail went long in some parts
Don't see it if You do not like reimagined fairy tales. Play running time a bit long. Many left at intermission due to vagueness in story line
See it if You want to see something completely different - music, some acting, singing, puppetry.
Don't see it if You want any kind of story that you can follow. You want any type of insight into Andersen's life - maybe you had to know it already.
See it if You enjoy biographies done imaginatively and if you like to see possible reasons for writers to write.
Don't see it if You do not like puppets or serious works.
See it if You like Britten and Purcell music You want to know more about him but only a little more
Don't see it if Don’t take children! Very pretentious “High art” Puppets were distracting and confusing l
See it if you might like a whimsical glimpse rather than a comprehensive chronicle about the emotional formation of a literary icon.
Don't see it if you are unhappy with incompleteness, non-linear and non-narrative storytelling, or oddball puppetry.
See it if Unless it's raining outside and you have nowhere else to hide, don't waste your money
Don't see it if The orchestra and music were superb, but too high in caliber for the elementary and boring script. Worst live theater show I have EVER seen.
See it if Saw it yesterday. Very unique show. Incorporates actors, some singing, puppetry,small orchestra that includes TWO GRAND PIANOS.
Don't see it if You hate puppets. Those were adorale!
See it if You enjoy 19th century music. You have some familiarity w/HCA. You want a concert with dialogue. You like puppetry.
Don't see it if You're expecting a biography of HCA. You prefer dialogue-centric storytelling: most is through music & puppetry. You prefer modern music.
See it if you want a review of Andersen's life, mostly troubled, that led to his exploration of the arts and resulted in his tales, some shown here.
Don't see it if you expect a review of Andersen's works-only a few are given some show here. The excellent live music and okay puppetry have a difficult fit
See it if Puppetry introduced to this ongoing chambre music canon.Lamenting his rejection, Hans births dark kids' tales. Opera in English.Grand pianos
Don't see it if Series always provides an abundance of riches and can be uneven trying to throw all forms of high art into the mix. Can't top their Van Gogh
Also "The world is not as your mother says, but what the neighbours say."
See it if you wish to see a very creative telling of Andersen's life and look at his fairy tales in a different way. Great use of music and puppets.
Don't see it if you don't like classical music especially 20th century, countertenors, or if you only like a straightforward play.
See it if You want to learn a little about HCA's life. You enjoy great music with interesting puppetry. You like eclectic shows
Don't see it if You want a streamline production that has an understandable beginning, middle, and end. This feels like blurry polaroid snapshots.
See it if go 4 musicianship, tolerate puppets & depressive storytelling, like H.C.Andersen, 2 support Ensemble 4 Romantic Century, like experiments
Don't see it if no love of classical music, dislike hybrid forms, poorly formed puppetry, gay subtext & front-text, trying to figure out the mimed sequences
Also Musicianship is their forte, storytelling is their not so forte
See it if I loved the idea of the show, was confused by the totality. I love Anderson's stories. You have to know them to get some of them here.
Don't see it if A show of many parts:acting, music, singing, puppetry, storytelling. Too many parts, not all of equal quality and not all well put together
See it if you are VERY familiar with all of Hans Christian Anderson's stories or just very interested in very experimental theater.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a relatively disjointed production(exposition, puppetry, opera, classical music)that only peripherally work together.
See it if You are interested in terrific music, interesting staging, & the story of HCA's life. But the beautiful elements don't mesh perfectly yet.
Don't see it if You're planning a family outing-this isn't aimed at kids, despite the clever puppetry. Read notes in the playbill for better comprehension.
See it if you get there before the show to read the several pages of playwright's & musicology notes in the Playbill: you will otherwise be lost
Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with HCA's fairy tales (which represent his sad, unfulfilled personal life)