Milwaukee Magazine - - Content - – PAUL KOSIDOWSKI

An es­pe­cially dra­matic and dy­namic Jane Eyre.

IN 2001, au­di­ences watched Anna Karen­ina shad­owed around the Mil­wau­kee Reper­tory Theater stage by an omi­nously ges­tur­ing fig­ure and a mys­te­ri­ous cel­list, who mu­si­cally beck­oned her to her tragic fate as the story un­folded. That’s the com­bi­na­tion of mu­sic, move­ment and theater one can ex­pect from the work of Great Bri­tain’s Shared Ex­pe­ri­ence The­atre, which de­ploys imag­i­na­tive lan­guage and dra­matic move­ment to tell sto­ries of classic nov­els and plays. This month, The Rep turns to an­other Shared Ex­pe­ri­ence adap­ta­tion, Polly Teale’s telling of Jane Eyre, Char­lotte Brontë’s dark psy­cho­log­i­cal tale of a young gov­erness’ life at Thorn­field Hall, the es­tate of the mys­te­ri­ous Ed­ward Rochester. Re­view­ers have called the orig­i­nal English pro­duc­tion a “mas­ter­piece of sto­ry­telling,” and direc­tor KJ Sanchez has an im­pres­sive ros­ter of ac­tors to spin the tale, most of whom are new to Mil­wau­kee au­di­ences.

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