Sense and Sensibility (stage review)

A stage review from The Movie Snob.

Sense and Sensibility.  This is a new stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel by Kate Hamill, and it was my first experience with a Dallas Theater Center production.  It was excellent, so I urge you to see it before it closes next weekend.  It is the story of loving sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.  They find themselves in reduced circumstances after their father dies unexpectedly, and since this is Austen, the plot naturally turns on whether they will find happy marriages despite their precarious position in society.  Sensible Elinor loves shy, stammering Edward Ferris, while passionate Marianne falls head over heels for the dashing but perhaps not entirely trustworthy Willoughby.  Fine performances all around.  I was surprised that the actors were not miked, but I was sitting in the fifth row and could hear everything fine.  I do wonder if the folks in the back could hear as well.  It makes me want to go back and rewatch Emma Thompson’s 1995 film version, and maybe even the cheesy remake From Prada to Nada (2011).

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