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Hansel and Gretel

Earnestly unwinking performances and an ingenious set

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Fairy tales are powerful: reduce them to their bare bones, and they’ll still hold children rapt. Hansel and Gretel, directed by Zara Tufts, retells the classic story of baked architecture and witchicide by oven. Adults Emily Pettet and Nick Piovesan give earnestly unwinking performances as the frightened children, and the set is ingenious, if minimal (points for the pool noodles).

But the best children’s classics appeal to children of all ages, and that’s where Hansel and Gretel falls short. The script—co-written by Tufts and Carolyn Thomas, who plays the stepmother and witch—is too basic to interest adults who already know the story. Hansel and Gretel captures the kids in the crowd, but more oomph is required to keep their parents spellbound.

50 Minutes, $5

Younger Audiences

DANSpace

Thursday Sep 6, 5:30 PM

Friday Sep 7, 5:30 PM

Saturday Sep 8, 4:20 PM

Sunday Sep 9, 12:00 PM

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