Saturday, July 13, 2013

Theatermania reviews Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue ‘The Brontës' performances in New York:
Fans of the Brontës will enjoy seeing this literary family brought lovingly to life; however, Miss Lizzie's is not the place to go if you're looking for a history lesson (or hoping to skip reading the books and still pass tenth-grade English). The confusing and uneven plot deals with a group of magical travelers who arrive at the Brontës' home one stormy night to shepherd them through the ends of their masterpieces and out of their mortal coils. Each of the siblings' stories is dealt with separately and differently. Sometimes their life's story is ignored all together in favor of acting out the plot of a famous book (while often the books are abandoned entirely in favor of repetitive tunes revealing insipid inner-monologues).
The piece as a whole is lively and absorbing, thanks largely to a cast willing to throw themselves into their nineteenth-century rocker-angst-ridden characters with impressive abandon. Gillian Shelly's gypsy character in particular is a captivating mix of hilarious and disquieting — a perfect epicenter for a play that tells four brightly tragic tales in less than 90 minutes. (Bethany Rickwald)
Broadway World publishes some pictures of the performances.

The Guardian's Weekend Quiz contains the following (easy) question:
2 Whose first wife was Bertha Mason?
The Telegraph interviews the writer Wendy-Law Yone:
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Mrs Rochester [Jane Eyre].
According to boldsky if you like Wuthering Heights:
You have a darker side of you for sure. And that dark side includes dark fantasies about a dark and dreadful man. Everyone has a Healthcliff and most of us are smart enough not to marry our Healthcliffs. (Anwesha)
The Sag Harbor Express talks about a local performance of The Mystery of Irma Vep:
Much of Irma’s content is borrowed with material from an amalgam of Ludlum’s literary and film inspirations such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” to name just a few.
Professor-student love affairs are the subject of this article on Slate:
It’s a matter, as Austen and the Brontës knew, of not making people into gods. You can have a mentor without believing that they are perfection itself. (Michelle Dean)
Bookshelves of Doom asks Megan Shepard to list her favourite Gothics:
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
What could be more Gothic than an orphaned governess falling in love with the brooding and mysterious Mr. Rochester? Oh yeah, lots of secrets in the attic and gasp-worthy twists. Originally published in 1847, Brontë’s classic is one of the defining novels of the Gothic genre and a must-read by anyone who enjoys a desolate atmosphere, haunting mood, and an ill-fated romance.
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
The Bronte sisters really nailed the Gothic genre, didn’t they? Also published in 1847,Wuthering Heights is another deliciously romantic Gothic classic spanning generations of tortured souls on the windswept English moors. The passionate love affair between Catherine and Heathcliff is bursting with revenge, forbidden love, and a legacy of unrequited love.
Vanity Fair (Italy) interviews the erotic author Irene Cao:
Jane Eyre di Charlotte Brontë, sicuramente è un romanzo che ho amato quando lo lessi da adolescente e che poi ripresi, è inutile nascondersi, i romanzi di formazione ci segnano, rispetto ad oggi cambia solo il fatto che all’epoca le storie d’amore erano raccontate in un certo modo perché non potevano essere raccontate diversamente.”
Nel secondo volume Elena scoprirà un segreto feroce, proprio come successe a Jane Eyre nel giorno in cui avrebbe dovuto celebrare il suo matrimonio e come lei nell’ultima parte della trilogia Elena cade negli inferi. (Alessia Arcolaci) (Translation)
La Nueva España (Spain) interviews another writer, Natalia Sanmartín:
¿Cuál es el primer libro que recomendarías leer a un joven para que se enganche a la lectura?
» Creo que depende de la edad y los gustos. Si se trata de un chico o chica al que le gusta lo gótico recomendaría a Poe o a Lovecraft, que son brillantes y tan oscuros como los autores modernos. Y en poesía a un Baudelaire. Si es alguien a quien le gustan las películas o historias románticas, le recomendaría a Jane Austen (Orgullo y Prejuicio o Emma), a Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) o a su hermana Emily (Cumbres Borrascosas), a Elizabeth Gaskell (Cranford)[.] (Translation)
The summer serial of Svenska Dagbladet contains a Brontë reference; a Wuthering Heights reader in El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua); the Brontës talks about the Taylors; Jamie Grey celebrates the release of Caitlin Greer's Eyre House; It's all in my mind (in Spanish) posts about Wuthering Height (sic).

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