With Blood, With Ink | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Clint Funk

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 5 2017
Price: $25, $20 students
Seventeenth-century poet and scholar Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a seminal figure in Mexican literature, among other things, had the misfortune to live in a time when women were to be silent and submissive. This chamber opera about her life and death—written in 1993 by Daniel Crozier (music) and Peter M. Krask’s (libretto) when they were doctoral candidates at Johns Hopkins's Peabody Conservatory and revived here by the Third Eye Theatre Ensemble—communicates well the tension between her cramped, constricted life and her expansive, creative soul, a tension heightened by the contrast between the simple, spartan staging in Prop Thtr’s smallish performing space and the soaring notes director Rose Freeman's full-throated ensemble lets fly. —Jack Helbig



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