The Brothers Grimm were famous for their often dark, usually violent and sometimes bigoted fairy tales, collected from the folklore of the German people. The Sacred Fools in L.A. took a look at some of their less popular tales and staged new adaptations of them in a 2001 show entitled Grimm!. The offering proved so popular that the Fools are bringing an all-new evening, Grimm, Too, to the MET Theatre Jan. 29-Feb. 27.
Among the Grimm tales ripe for the updating: an evil serving girl attempting to steal the birthright of a sweet-tempered princess; a farmer wishes so hard for a son that when he gets one, he doesn't care that his boy is a hedgehog; God determines how long human beings will live in a rousing gospel song; a sentient thumb bests the rest of the body in a riddle contest. The Brothers Grimm themselves figure in a story about the messengers of Death and the 2,600 world-wide history of Cinderella is also explored.
Grimm, Too! is a collaborative effort and has required the work of a whole gang of Fools and MET-ers. Adapting the Grimm stories are George Larkin (Dead Lawyers), Bryan Davidson, Wayne Peter Liebman, Padraic Duffy, Ruth Silveira, Scott Stein, Scott Sanford Tobias, Dean Cameron and Brenda Varda. Their efforts have then been handed over to a team of directors, including Allison Gammon, Denise Barnard, Larry Biederman, Noah Blake, L. Flint Esquerra, Jessie S. Marion and Varda.
Their cast features Bernard, Beth Bergman, Blake, Mikhail Blokh, Tom Costello, Jeffrey Gorman, Lisa Grant, LeCares Green, Lise Hart, Haven Hartman, Ho-Kwan Tse, Meredyth Hunt, Michael Lanahan, Matthew Moore, Stephanie Northrup, Paul Rae, Skye Stafford, Eric J. Stein, Tyler Tanner and John Douglas Williams.
Tickets are $15 or two tickets for $20. For reservations, call (310) 281 8337.