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 creative work including puppetry, sensitive portrayal of the writer Hans Christian Anderson
Don't see it if You don’t like puppets, classical music, and aren’t interested in Hans Christian Anderson
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 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 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 like Hans Christian Andersen. You like classical romantic theatre, history, 2 grand pianos, puppetry and storytelling. New works.
Don't see it if You don’t like any of the above. It’s got way too much too tell in 2 hrs so it got confusing. You don’t have patience or imagination.
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 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 you are interested to learn more about Hans Christian Andersen's life: great program notes which help understand music & acting on stage!
Don't see it if you don't like the music of Henry Purcell and countertenors or the music of Benjamin Britten. A LOT of it in here - very well performed!
See it if you like Hans Christian Anderson stories told in mixed media including puppetry.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy children's stories told in an unconventional style, puppetry or classical music
See it if you like multimedia plays including music, singing, and puppetry with a unique perspective.
Don't see it if you cannot appreciate an odd mix of creativity, despite being somewhat confusing.
See it if you ran out of seeing everything else. I wasn't a fan of this show, but my friend I took liked it. She enjoyed the uniqueness of the show.
Don't see it if don't know anything about Hans Christian Andersen. I knew the stories, but really wasn't interested in his life story. The music was good.
See it if you enjoy classical/instrumental numbers & tenor operatic singing. These are the redeeming aspects of an otherwise confusing narrative.
Don't see it if you don't like aforementioned musical style, puppetry or care for H.C.A. life story & his writings. But it's a delight to watch the tenor!
See it if You are interested in HCA and enjoy historical musical stories.
Don't see it if You are bored by too much meaningless action with puppets doing who knows what all the time and all over.
See it if You want to learn about Hans Christian Anderson's life accompanied by live music, singing and puppetry.
Don't see it if You are not prepared--read about Hans and listen to music by Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten in preparation for show.
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 You are a fan of Hans Christian Andersen and are very familiar with his work - you may be interested in this unique depiction of his life.
Don't see it if You are not familiar with Hans Christian Andersen or do not enjoy puppetry or classical or operatic music.
See it if want to read absorbing program notes about HC Andersen's life. You'll need to, because what's onstage is disjointed and very hard to follow.
Don't see it if are expecting the music to enrich the proceedings. It mainly gets in the way, and curiously isn't even from the era in which Andersen lived
See it if Like puppetry ;professional good music by various composers; 2 piano, differerent percussions; incredible "Musicology" notes in Playbill
Don't see it if Need a plot, want to understand songs,do not want to see Pappeteer on stage too often
See it if you want to hear some well performed music and see some good puppetry with a narrative of how HCA's life informed his stories
Don't see it if you mind the narrative being unclear at times and it not being clear how various element are connecting. The opposite of an integrated play.
See it if Like piano music played well and have patience for the rest of a poorly created entertainment piece.
Don't see it if You wish to spend your time better. Puppetry awful. Script poor.
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