Mabel’s Last Performance is a beautiful example of how the many elements of a production can come together to produce an outstanding whole. The set design, music, acting, and locale seem guided by some omniscience towards cohesiveness. It’s probably a testament to the skill of everyone involved in the production, which contains no drought of big names. Kathi Langston brings a wealth of experience and prowess to the part of Mabel (the only acted part). The show also features music by Ian Tamblyn, a name that should be familiar to many who follow theatre in the capital.
While entangled in the mission to reconnect with bedstefar (Danish for “grandfather”), what scintillates on stage is the power of storytelling, and of empathy, opening oneself up to another’s plight. Hensen’s talent and energy grips us and holds us on deck. Unable to cast aside her pleas for involvement, we are quite literally lured into active participation.