Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018 12:53 pm by M. in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Cool Cleveland reviews the performances of the 'chamber' version of Gordon & Caird's Jane Eyre. The Musical in Cleveland:
In most ways, as evidenced in the well-directed, perfectly cast, beautifully choreographed, and impressively scored music, Sternfeld was right. The CTP’s Jane Eyre is special.
Gabriel Firestone’s simple, ever-changing set, focuses the action into a compressed proscenium within proscenium, forcing the audience to focus on the actions. Simplifying the set even more and depending more on subtle electronic graphics would help. Benjamin Gantose’s dark lighting and Sydney Gallas’s period-appropriate costumes enhanced the somber mood.
The talented cast is both period- and style-correct. Andrea Goss has the right attitude and demeanor for the high-minded Jane, while Matt Bogart transitions beautifully from morbid to caring as Edward. They both have big Broadway voices and sing meanings rather than words, making the vocals carry the story. (...)
Jane Eyre in its new form and format is a musical that shows that a “small” production, in which care is taken with directing, casting and technical aspects, can make musical theater more captivating than big, splashy, overproduced shows. With an additional “signature” song, the revised script seems ready for an off-Broadway, small- theater run. (Roy Berko)
The fate of the Penistone Hill public toilets is uncertain. The Telegraph & Argus reports:
Former public toilets at a Brontë country beauty spot also went under the hammer at the auction, selling for £55,000.
The stone toilet block, at Penistone Hill, off Moorside Lane, which was only opened regularly during the summer, was closed by Bradford Council due to budget cuts in 2015.
Efforts to find another organisation to take the toilets over proved unsuccessful, with Haworth, Cross Roads and StanburyParish Council also lacking the funds to take the facilities over.
John Sutherland reviews ITV's Vanity Fair 2018 in The Times:
ITV’s luscious Becky is pardonable because it comes with the territory. Think what the large and small screens have done with Charlotte Brontë’s “plain” Jane Eyre. Mia Wasikowska, in the most recent movie version, is plain? Not if she tried. Gloss is the biggest pot on the TV adaptor’s paint shelf. Yet Hughes has been careful to respect historical difference. Becky is not a feminist warrior before her time. The concept, in 1848, would have been an absurd anachronism. She is a seductress — and not just of men.
Study Breaks reviews Kristin Cashore's Jane Unlimited:
Jane Unlimited” begins as an ordinary book about an ordinary girl who grieves the death of her mother-figure aunt and is unsure of where she wants her story to go. Yet, almost immediately the reader can tell the novel is anything but ordinary. Jane’s uncertain path unravels into a mind-boggling assortment of alternate dimensions that include art theft, miniature velociraptors, magical portals and a house hunting for someone’s soul.
Following a premise not unlike “Jane Eyre” or “Rebecca,” Jane is faced with a simple choice, with each option promising to send her down a different sequence of events and the reader to a different type of tale. The various stories can be summarized broadly as mystery, spy thriller, paranormal horror, speculative science fiction and pure fantasy. If there’s any chance that this book sounds a tad cliché so far — although I have no idea how it could — you’ll be relieved to hear that Jane is bisexual and there is no obvious path towards “true love.” She also makes umbrellas that are both coping mechanisms and meaningful works of art. (Raina Sciocchetti)
The Independent (Ireland) interviews the classical singer, writer and theatre producer, Niall Morris:
Film: God's Own Country. (...) The film feels like a brooding, windswept fusion of Wuthering Heights and Brokeback Mountain.
Plymouth Herald interviews several local young business people:
Book we should all read: Jane Eyre – “A strong storyline and a female lead who is still considered to be a relevant feminist icon today,” said Katy [McKenna - communications expert.] (William Telford)
'Literally' has been used for hyperbolic effect since literally the nineteenth century according to Business Insider:
One of the most widely held language peeves is use of the word "literally" in any sense other than "exactly according to definition." In recent years, the meaning has shifted from its original meaning to one that means "figuratively" — essentially, the exact opposite meaning.
But it turns out that development isn't nearly as recent as most people think. "Literally" has been used to exaggerate for hundreds of years in English, including by esteemed authors like Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce. 
El Tiempo (Colombia) quotes Emily Brontë. The National (UAE) mentions the Loewe editions of Wuthering Heights. L'apprendista libraia (in Italian) reviews Emily Brontë's novel. Cathie Dunn writes... posts about Sue Barnard's Heathcliff  - The Unanswered Questions Finally Answered? AnneBronte.org posts about Anne Brontë and education.

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