While the big scale, lavish, musical production of Jane Eyre continues its pre-Broadway stint in Toronto, Lisa Hayes tours the states with her one-woman, 25-character, 80-minute adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel. Hayes' Jane Eyre opens for a second time in Los Angeles, this time at the Back Parlour Theatre in The Kindness of Strangers Coffee House, through Mar. 1.
Hayes performed the Los Angeles premiere of Eyre for four packed performances at the Odyssey Theatre in October of 1996. She brings to life an entire cast of 25 characters as she travels back into 19th century England.
New York performances at Old Merchant's House earned Hayes good reviews from both the recently discontinued Theatre Week and the Village Voice. Hayes has also performed Eyre in London at London's Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, at the Edinburgh Festival, and at an old vaudeville theatre in Montana.
Show times are Fri and Sat eves at 8 PM; tickets are $12. For more information about Hayes' Jane Eyre, call (213) 466-1767, or (818) 953-9993.
In a similar but unrelated story, Sally Goodwin's solo version of Jane Eyre, titled Jane Of Thornfield Hall, will play at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre Feb. 3-Feb 12. This one-woman adaptation is directed by Kathe Mull. For tickets and information call (212) 924-0198. --By Blair Glaser