The Snow Queen Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27 2009

An offbeat combination of story theater and concert, Victory Gardens's imaginative holiday offering follows a young Danish girl's journey to the frigid north to rescue her best friend, a boy bewitched by an icy enchantress. The production boasts a gifted ensemble of singer-dancer-instrumentalists, clever rod and shadow puppets, and a charming scenic design suggesting woodcuts and cut-paper silhouettes. The core of the show is the live music by guitarist Michael Smith, composed mainly in a folk-rock vein with occasional forays into soul and western swing. Director-choreographer Jim Corti has sharpened the narrative this fourth time around, highlighting both the humor and mystery in Hans Christian Andersen's 1845 parable about how devotion can melt a frozen heart. --Albert Williams

Price: $20-$48

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