Hayes' ability in bringing
so many characters in and out of the foreground of this nearly Dickensian
plot by convincingly conveying their silliness, bitterness or cruelty is
a fine feat of vocal and gestural performance. To breathe such an
engaging and lucid liveliness into each of them is quite another matter,
and for this, Hayes gets a standing ovation from me. Jane Eyre
lives still...with a freshness and brightness that is seldom conveyed.
The best was Jane Eyre,
which celebrated both the ultimate romantic female protagonist and Charlotte
Brontë -- as well as the talents of performer Lisa Hayes...Hayes plays
Eyre with fiery virtuosity.
The Village Voice
Hayes' Mr. Rochester is
a swaggering hero.
Hayes tells Brontë's
story with energy and conviction. She portrays all 25 characters,
but Hayes is at her best as Jane -- simple, refined and resilient.
Lisa Hayes' Jane Eyre
makes us want to dig out our copy of Charlotte Brontë's classic and
curl up with it once again..Hayes commands the stage..charming rendition.
Wearing the kind of long
gray dress that befits an impoverished 19th-century governess, and with
no prop other than a wooden reading stand, Hayes took on all the roles
in the novel and characterized them with the clarity that Brontë's
images require. What emerged ...was both a nineteenth-century heroine
and a contemporary woman.