East of the Sun, West of the Moon | BoHo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

East of the Sun, West of the Moon The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 9 2012

Although billed as a musical, Coriolis Theater Company's inaugural production is really a singspiel—an opera with spoken dialogue. The family-oriented piece is based on a Norwegian folktale about a girl's quest to find her lost lover—a handsome prince who's been magically transformed into a bear—and echoes themes familiar from such stories as "Beauty and the Beast," "The Snow Queen," and "Cupid and Psyche." Lydia Gordon's libretto and K. Hannah Friedman's staging are sweetly naive but slightly amateurish. Christopher Dunn-Rankin's score, however, is at once sophisticated, complex, and accessible, recalling the work of Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel. The result is not wholly satisfying yet marks Coriolis as a promising new presence. —Albert Williams

Price: $20-$25

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