Manitoba·★★ Review

The World of the Brothers Grimm

TWO STARS This adaptation of three Grimm tales is not entirely grim, but certainly not great.

TWO STARS | Not entirely grim, but certainly not great

(Merlyn Productions)

Rating: ★★

Company: Merlyn Productions, Winnipeg

Genre: Play — Comedy

Venue: 30 — Kid's Venue

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Our invitation into the Grimm world comes with a flourish — literally — as Ben McMahon's trumpeting servant announces the arrival of a storytelling king in a great bit of clownish fun.

Unfortunately, it's pretty much where the fun starts and ends. 

Carolyn Lane's adaptation of three Grimm tales (none of the more gory ones, thankfully) is earnest to the point of being dull.

This adaptation of three Grimm tales is earnest to the point of being dull.- Joff Schmidt

There are some lovely moral lessons here about being humble, thankful and gracious. And also some less lovely lessons about a woman's place in the world (progressive, this adaptation ain't).

In spite of being given a handsome staging from Merlyn Productions, the show simply runs out of any power to engage its young audience well before its 55 minutes are done.

Not entirely grim, but certainly not great.

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