***RECOMMENDED*** Just as the juxtaposition of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s epic and impactful moral tale of Faust, Part One blends with the lushly romantic and light, poetic spirit of French composer Charles Gounod, the current production of “Faust” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is a true collaboration between six uniquely talented, but ultimately differing creative individuals. The resulting production is always visually stunning and even hypnotic at times, but not universally successful. While the narrative is so commonly known and copied in numerous art forms, there are some major gaps in the libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre that require more clear delineation to be more effective dramatically, particularly in the final two acts. It may leave some patrons cold and left with a sense that the entire proceedings have been over-conceptualized. 3 SPOTLIGHTS
“Faust” runs through March 21st at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Best parking option: The Poetry Garage, 201 West Madison, $12 in advance at www.thepoetrygarage.com. Valet parking is also available – $30.
Running time is 3 hours, 30 minutes, with two 25-minute intermissions. Remaining performances are March 12th and 15th at 7:30 pm; March 18th and 21st at 2:00 pm. Tickets start at $49. FYI (312) 827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org/Faust.
Read the rest of Jeffrey’s review at www.spotlightonlake.com.