Staff Pick: Available Light Theatre continues string of hits with Jane Eyre show

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The artists of Available Light Theatre have been producing some of the city's most exciting stage shows lately, like the modernity-helmed "Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice" and audio exploratory "John Cage 101." Available Light has a niched knack for re-examining famous people and characters, bringing them to life and letting them breathe in new ways, so I can't wait to see what they did with a favorite of mine (and millions of other people): Jane Eyre.

Daniel Elihu Kramer, a Smith College professor who wrote the aforementioned "Pride & Prejudice" piece, deconstructed this 90-minute adaption of Charlotte Bronte's Byronic gem. It examines contemporary thoughts, taken from interviews with "Jane Eyre" readers by Available Light, on why the book and its passionate, independent players have such personal staying power.

Per usual, this Available Light production has another sweet promo poster; comics illustrator Max Ink created the one for "Jane Eyre: A Memory, A Fever, A Dream," which is a tribute to X-Men issue No. 137. Per usual, I'm excited to see this Available Light show but almost more excited to see what it does next.

Riffe Center Studio One

May 16-June 8

77 S. High St., Downtown