August 5, 2012 by Paula Reed Nancarrow
Hans the Obscure @ Brave New Workshop Student Union
by Mindless Mirth productions
I’ve been fascinated by the subversive elements of Hans Christian Andersen ever since assertions of his bisexuality, latent or otherwise, began to emerge in biographies; there are whole different aspects of The Little Mermaid that emerge when you consider it as a parable of “the love that dare not speak its name.” You do not need to know that he was born in extreme poverty and essentially re-invented himself to appeal to his patrons, or about his highly ambivalent relationship to those patrons, and to the media – even then, the great maker and breaker of celebrities – to enjoy these stories, but it helps. Good work all around, with especially able performances by Mahmoud Hakima, Vickijoan Keck, and Larry Ripp.