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A beautifully economical production, whose Susan Benson set is assembled before the audience's very eyes, the Madama Butterfly looked a little directorially tired this time, lacking the kind of cast to re-invigorate its all too familiar story.
OA co-director Jeannette Zingg may have introduced some out-of-period steps to her choreography, and fellow OA director Marshall Pynkoski may have pushed the comedy directorially over the stylized top at times--notably in the camped-up scene in which Perseus (Perse) decapitates the snake-locked Medusa--but seldom has a Baroque opera been so vividly energized on a Canadian stage.

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