Hans Christian Andersen may be seen as the architect of the modern fairy tale, having crafted and adapted so many iconic works in the 19th century, but the artist behind it all certainly wasn't living in a "happily ever after" world. Michael Sommers explores the complex person behind the stories in The Clumsy Man, the latest work he has crafted for Open Eye Figure Theatre. The piece uses the words of Andersen combined with Sommers's signature creative style, adding in puppets, masks, music, and other art forms to fully explore the creative and personal life of the famed storyteller. Kimberly Richardson takes on the role of Andersen. It's the second time this year Richardson has been cast cross-gendered at Open Eye, as she was Ed Norton in this spring's excellent Honeymooners/Greek myth mashup, To the Moon. Sommers will join her on the stage as he brings the rest of the world to life. The immersive work is limited to 40 audience members at each of the 15 performances, following similar productions in 2011 (Refreshments) and 2012 (A Hole). Reservations are required.
Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 17, 2013