Offenbach’s operetta The Tales of Hoffmann is a classic. It’s the story of the poet Hoffmann, his quest to find true love, and his three ill-fated love affairs. In its full glory, the original lasts well over three hours, requires a couple of dozen singers, and, in true operatic fashion, various characters die after singing.
It’s safe to say that the version of the show to open this Friday at the Skylight Music Theatre isn’t at all like that. Well, except for the dying after singing part… Lake Effect's Bonnie North met stage director Jill Anna Ponasik and translator and adapter Danny Brylow at the stage during a recent rehearsal to find out more: