Month: October 2019

REVIEW: Joffrey ‘Jane Eyre’ triumphs, gives timeless story modern appeal

——————————————————————————————————– REVIEW: Joffrey ‘Jane Eyre’ triumphs, gives timeless story modern appeal ————————————————————————————————————————— By Crista Zivanovic Contributor ————————————————————————————————————————— Joffrey Ballet has scored another lush, engaging hit based on a 19th-century novel with its new “Jane Eyre,” on the heels of last season’s marvelous “Anna Karenina,” which so movingly brought Tolstoy’s novel to life. But in the case of “Eyre,” the audience can revel in a happy ending, celebrating the triumph of love between two equals. “Karenina,” alas, depicted love’s destructive potential. “Jane Eyre” is the much-beloved 1847 Charlotte Bronte tale of a young woman’s coming of age and shaping her own...

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REVIEW: New Lyric music director Mazzola brings early Verdi to life in strong, lovely ‘Luisa Miller’

REVIEW: New Lyric music director Mazzola brings early Verdi to life in strong, lovely ‘Luisa Miller’ By Crista Zivanovic Contributor For anyone who thinks they don’t like or understand opera, “Luisa Miller,” an early opera by the famous and prolific composer Giuseppe Verdi, offers a chance to experience what all the fuss is about. Better-known Verdi operas are “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto,” and “Aida.” Not seen on Chicago’s Lyric Opera stage since 1982, this superb new-to-Chicago production has it all — meddling helicopter parents who interfere in their children’s lives to deadly effect; treachery, jealousy, sacrifice, blackmail — and poison;...

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