Praise for The Snow Queen

“Every story lives in the past, the present and the future, all at the same time.” This observation, made by a character in Stanton Wood’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Snow Queen,” also applies to the production. Featuring samba rhythms, urban raps, a cross-dressing reindeer and hip-hop-embracing adolescents, this magical “Snow Queen” manages to be both undeniably New York and authentically Andersen…It is to Mr. Wood’s credit that the contemporary humor never dimishes the tale’s tenderness.  He has increased the story’s resonance by giving Kay a concrete reason for his misery (his parents’ arguing) and by making the Snow Queen a bereaved mother who is less a fairy-tale villain than a haunting symbol of the dangers of grief turned inward. “  Laurel Graeber, New York Times

“Although I don’t want to overburden a charming and funny children’s play by becoming overly analytical, the parallels to our current understanding of mental illness, and depression in particular, are impossible to ignore…It is a powerful expression of the notion that classic fairy tales have always had deeply psychological underpinnings in the first place…It is charming…so do not be concerned that this is heavy sledding for young children, but The Snow Queen does offer storytelling a measure more intelligent than so many children’s offerings. Like the classic fairy tales, it gives them more credit than we adults often do.”

Keith Waits,