By Colin Douglas Born in the projects, an ill-treated young woman, nicknamed Cinderella by her selfish, cantankerous Stepmama and her two nasty, spoiled stepsisters, is part of the much-loved fairy tale that’s been a part of every culture since time began. But this is Jackie Taylor’s contemporary version of the familiar fable, The Other Cinderella,
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The answer is a truly transcendent artistic experience that not only reminds the audience of why the story is worth telling in the first place, but also of why opera as a medium remains a worthy and vital mode of storytelling.
You wouldn’t derive “timid” or “anemic” from a pitch as this: Fifteen years ago, our lead Vanessa (Carisa Gonzalez) was stabbed and left for dead by her best childhood friend Ronnie. Now a stagnating clickbait writer on the skids, Vanessa’s going back home to interview Ronnie to find closure, save her job, maybe patch things up with her family.
Chicago favorite Hollis Resnik is certainly such a storied actress, and while her stunning turn as Norma in Porchlight Theatre’s Sunset is the big draw, Director Michael Weber and company moreover prove the musical can find unqualified success in an intimate setting.
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble has endeavored to unearth meaning from the debris of moral decay—to elucidate some reason in the aftermath of an apocalypse.