Jane Eyre | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 16 2014
Price: $40
Lifeline Theatre's adaptation of Jane Eyre pares the sprawling novel down to an episodic tale of a girl's quest for love and independence (however mutually exclusive those might be). Jane (Anu Bhatt) meets Rochester (John Henry Roberts) early on, and the action builds to a moving climax just before the first-act break, when the two embrace at last. After intermission, of course, we discover Rochester's dark secret: he's married to a madwoman (Jhenai Mootz as Bertha) he keeps in the attic. This is one part of the story that demands more attention, but for that you'll have to see feminist theorists (or Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea)—Bertha is soon enough dead, and Jane's journey returns her to an injured, suffering Rochester. Dorothy Milne's expressionistic direction moves the story along with fewer expositional bits than you might expect, and while every actor here is in top form, I couldn't keep my eyes off Joshua Moaney, whose charm and physicality commanded attention in each of his multiple roles. —Suzanne Scanlon
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