The Andersen Project

A Robert Lepage spectacle that has received tremendous reviews. I liked it and found it very impressive from a technical point of view, but the story was definitely secondary to the spectacle, so the evening dragged after we passed the 90 minute point. It lasted 120 minutes, so there was a problem.

One has to wonder what the Danes, who commissioned the piece thought about it. While it is generally about Hans Christian Andersen, and was commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, it seems like a very Canadian play with references that may mean nothing to anyone else. The jokes about the French, however, are likely to resonate across Europe!

The material was performed by Yves Jacques, who played all of the characters brilliantly and moved amazingly quickly from one to the next.

It may be that the play was oversold by Lepage fans and was thereby doomed to disappoint.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Andersen Project

  1. Keith says:

    Great production and performance by Yves Jacques.However, this was a demo of Lepage's technical skills, not really much of a play.It would be good to see Lepage working with a good writer.

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