The Medium | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 2 2014
Price: $25, $20 in advance
The Third Eye Theatre Ensemble debuts with an intriguing, intimate production of this seldom seen one-act opera by composer-librettist Gian Carlo Menotti. It's a psychological thriller about a phony medium, Madam Flora, who tricks gullible, grief-stricken customers into believing she can help them commune with the spirits of their "dear departed"; but Flora's fakery starts to unravel when she believes she has actually been touched by a ghost during a seance. The cast have ripe operatic voices but also clear diction, so the beautiful singing enhances the drama under the guidance of director Rose Freeman and music director Jason Carlson (who also accompanies on piano). The work's best-known aria, "The Black Swan," is beautifully rendered by Caroline Wright as Flora's daughter. The visual design by Jimmy Jagos (set) and Julian Pike (lights) summons up an appropriately mysterious atmosphere, making this a fittingly spooky selection for the Halloween season. —Albert Williams



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