Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: First Presbyterian Church
By Mark Cofta
The Renegade Company (Fringe hit Bathtub Moby-Dick) takes on the Brothers Grimm in James Stover's new adaptation, which, while based on the little-known titular fairy tale about a boy punished by his wicked stepmother, also incorporates Hansel and Gretel and other Grimm stories, all with a modern spin. Director Michael Durkin's production takes inspiration from the Mütter Museum's "Grimms' Anatomy" exhibition. Moreover, through its "Unconventional Community Collaborations" program, Renegade partners with Northern Liberties' Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, adding a unique sensory experience with a custom tea blend incorporated into the show. Renegade promises to explore the often disturbingly grotesque — stranger danger, witches who want to cook kids — with a contemporary edge and no Disney-fication. In short, while these fairy tales are about and for children, the recommended age for this play is 13 and up. 570-236-5436, therenegadecompany.org.