Elizabeth Cree | Studebaker Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Feb. 14 2018

This serious Gothic romp is not an opera you’ll be putting out of mind after the cast takes its well-deserved bows. The puzzle at its core—the identity of the killer in a series of gruesome London murders in 1880—will stay with you, as will the suspects. The score includes savagely funny music hall numbers and spine-chilling solos, while the story, which zips through 29 scenes in 90 minutes, probes the consequences of all kinds of evil, not least the still-resonant social plights of 19th century women. Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht and baritone Christopher Burchett are fully convincing as the resourceful title character and her complicated husband, and there’s a solid ensemble vibe from the entire cast, under the direction of David Schweizer. Geoff McDonald conducts the 20-piece orchestra. Sweeney Todd will come to mind, but this is even darker. Don’t bring the kids. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $45-$145

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