Hartford Stage, Hartford: For readers with imagination, it’s not always easy to see a beloved novel made into a play. Too often the stage production doesn’t live up to what a reader has experienced. Readers fill in all the details as to how a character looks through their mind’s eye. Happily, the most ardent fans of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” will not be disappointed in the current production of Elizabeth Williamson’s adaptation and direction of the play “Jane Eyre.”
For those who have not read “Jane Eyre,” this is the story of an orphaned girl who is terribly mistreated by her mean-spirited and greedy aunt. In spite of being sent away to a less than desirable school, Jane finds joy in life and the world. Through all the indignities that she experiences, she is always true to herself as a fine upstanding woman, who is not afraid to voice her opinions. She is certainly worthy of being considered a modern day feminist with her ideas of being independent, self sufficient and thinking for herself.