The Snow Queen (Blessed Unrest)
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The Snow Queen (Blessed Unrest)
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The Snow Queen (Blessed Unrest) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Clever, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

About the Show

Blessed Unrest returns to the New Ohio this holiday season with a contemporary riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, tailored for the entire 21st century family (ideal for children 7 and up).

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Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Beautiful, Resonating

See it if You like myths and folklore, physical theater, old stories retold, imaginative movement and staging.

Don't see it if You think this is children's theater. (It's not.)

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Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Funny

See it if you enjoy whimsical productions, joyful movement and quest stories.

Don't see it if you think children's theatre is just for kids.

Critic Reviews (9)

BroadwayWorld
January 12th, 2018

“The actors and creative team make this production a pleasure to watch, making the plot riveting, entertaining and just the slightest bit sad...I loved how a very small ensemble transforms into different characters, coordinating their movements to make the story flow seamlessly. And I loved how this production, in all its simplicity, perfectly captures the purity of a child mixed with the existential loneliness of missing the one for whom your heart beats.”
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Theatre is Easy
January 10th, 2018

“Blessed Unrest brings Hans Christian Anderson’s enigmatic tale of friendship center stage, in the company’s signature, highly physical style of storytelling...Well crafted and will delight adults and children alike...However, it often seems that ‘The Snow Queen’ wants to dig into something more complex and metaphorical, yet is constrained by the overly simplified plot of the original fairy tale. And the protagonists appear unchanged even to the end.”
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Theater Pizzazz
January 12th, 2018

“A charismatic cast and talented director...The dialogue and humor veer a bit more into modern slapstick. Opartny is surprisingly effective at translating the original narrative-driven story into a full-length play of dialogue. His script maintains the feeling of the original tale, while making the story totally accessible to 21 century children...Many of the characterizations are a bit hollow...But these 'lows' are minor in what was an artistically satisfying afternoon.”
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The Huffington Post
January 9th, 2018

“Opatrny’s adaptation of ‘The Snow Queen’ is interesting and clearly appeals to its young audience. But it would have added to the pleasure to see more of the title’s character, who controls winter with a dastardly hand...Still, the versatile cast clicks, and the creative simplicity of Maresca’s costumes works. Vawter’s sets utilized simple props to neatly improvise a castle, doors and trees. Director Burr gets the most from her cast.”
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Theater In The Now
January 25th, 2018

"Delightfully whimsical story and dance piece...Andersen’s long and enchanting story becomes a beautiful 80-minute journey onstage...It’s a timeless story, with many twists and updates that make it ideal for Blessed Unrest...The cast never stop moving, using Sydney Maresca’s spare and beautiful costumes to show so much of the character of the north."
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C
January 4th, 2018

"The final product is a delightful balance of comedy, adventure, and just a tinge of melancholy...A lot of fun: energetic and funny, family friendly but not sentimental, with eye-catchingly creative costuming and some great movement work. McArthur captures Gerda's resourcefulness and loyalty, ably playing a child on the cusp of adolescence-to-adulthood without trivializing the character...'The Snow Queen' will melt even the most frozen of hearts this cold winter season."
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T
January 2nd, 2018

“The singing sprinkled throughout is lovely, adding tremendous heart to the piece...The movement is incredibly creative and clever...Despite an eighty-five minute running time, 'The Snow Queen' at times feels a bit longer. Some of the acting is a bit presentational and difficult to connect with...The underlying joy and truth could use some reinforcement...Charming and fun, and with just a bit more oomph will delight audiences of all ages.”
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Z
January 3rd, 2018

“‘The Snow Queen’ magically comes to life through interpretive dance, creative staging, and a spectacular cast…A very imaginative journey that could only be seen on a downtown stage…It’s rare when a production requires this level of mental imaging, but it was thoroughly enjoyable…The lack of backdrops and props ultimately made the show stronger...There is definitely something to be said for this level of creative simplicity."
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New York Theatre Review
January 14th, 2018

“The simple, spare set design left lots of room for illusion, fantasy, and imagination, which the 'Snow Queen' delivered fully...The ensemble was tight, and watching them work together, with trust, imagination, and precision was a treat.”
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