‘Zie Magic Flute’ Plays to the Strengths of its Collaborating Artists
The simple fact that Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Quasimondo Physical Theatre’s latest show is called Zie Magic Flute and not Die Zauberflöte is an indication that this is not be your typical Wolfgang Mozart opera production. The story’s the same as Mozart’s classic; the execution most certainly is a reimagining. In The Magic Flute, Mozart turned to the world of magic, drama and music hall farce as the background to a parable about the search for love and the struggle between good and evil. Nothing is quite what it seems, with villains turning out to be heroes and vice versa.
Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Quasimondo present a highly entertaining, interactive, artistically diverse and modern look at Flute’s themes and characters. Ensconced in the elaborate foyer of the Tripoli Shrine Center, the production—in-the-round with instrumentalists and characters at center—is superbly set. Add the imaginative, new English translation of the libretto by Daniel J. Brylow and the fine acting and signing of Mark Corkins (Sarastro), Sarah Richardson (Queen of the Night), Benjamin Ludwig (Tamino) and many others, and you have a fast-paced, energized and intimate Magic Flute—just perfect to shoo winter (or post-election) doldrums.
Through Jan. 29 at Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave. For tickets, call 1-800-836-3006 or visit ziemagicflute.bpt.me.