A nearly dialogue-free story told via the fine art of sight gags and clowning. A story about the relationship between a lonely man and his fairy bestie. A story for all ages.
Should you see it?
Hannah & George is a winsome, charming show about George, a somber loner about whom the song “Here’s to the Losers” might well have been written, and his relationship with his deeply friend-zoned bestie Hannah, the magical fairy.
Kevin Reid brings a lot of understated charm to his sharply-dressed George. Here in his first big show of this type (and of his own making), his performance abilities show a lot of wonderful promise and he has some really great physical gags/moments – not the least of which is his co-portrayal of his evil, devil-masked boss.
Madeleine Hall takes on the role of the uber-adorable Hannah, stuck in the pit of her unrequited love and devotion for the hapless George. Complimented by her delightful costume, wand, and even hair, she’s a delight to watch on the stage.
Yet what was most impressive even beyond the performers here, was how well crafted and creative Hannah & George was. The work that went into the overall show by Reid, Hall, director Jodi Morden, and stage manager Rebecca Laviolette is very evident.
The set, staging elements. and show gags worked super well, the fourth wall bending scene transitions were a delightful highlight, and the story itself was cute and endearing. Everybody loves an underdog and Hannah & George has two of them. (Though as a nitpick, it might have been nice to have addressed the unclosed story-loop that Hannah felt she had to dramatically change who she was to get the guy.)
In the end Hannah & George plays out like a silent movie of the Chaplin-era or an early morning children’s show you’d find playing next to Loony Toons. It’s almost guaranteed to leave you with a case of the warm and fuzzies.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did Hannah & George win you over and make your heart all warm and fuzzy? Join the discussion in the comments below.