by Paula Citron
Some theatrical experiences have great impact because they are unsettling and disturbing like the highly regarded The Danish Play by Sonja Mills. This much honoured production is being remounted by Nightwood Theatre and if you did not catch it the first time round, I urge you to see it now. It won’t be pleasant, but it will be important.
Mills is writing from fact. The play is about her great aunt, the poet Agnete Ottosen, who was a great hero in the Danish resistance during World War 2, and in the first half of the play, we watch Kate Hennig’s magnificent performance of this feisty, principled and uncompromising woman.
Tragically, the second half of the play reveals that the very strengths that kept Ottosen alive through Nazi torture and deprivation, lead to her ruin in post war Denmark. Director Kelly Thornton and her fine cast give Mills’ superb play a harrowing reading.
The Danish Play continues until Mar. 17.
From the Young Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.