It begins festively enough with a giant advent calendar revealing hints of the story to come. Some symbols are cheering, like wreaths and a violin. But others are mysterious—why a […]
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” is a load of hooey. Consider: The titular mermaid throws herself on a dagger in the end, because she can’t bear to […]
For all the gleeful gore of the Brothers Grimm, I’d have to say that Hans Christian Andersen was the more disturbing creator of childhood nightmares for me, because his stories […]
Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is moving and magical.
The enchanting Christmas pantomime is masterfully crafted for play and wonder.
Five literary biopics whose visual style lives up to the words.
This new theatrical adaptation of David Lang’s Pulitzer-winning choral piece is a lot to take in, but it’s worth it.
Composer David Lang and director Dado turns Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic fairy tale into a performance installation.
The Goodman’s A Christmas Carol leads the seasonal onslaught.
Two solo performances are among this week’s best bets.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
Strange Tree Group’s The Dead Prince plays down the dark themes that characterize the best fairy tales.
Lilli Carre’s illustrated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Fir-Tree”