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Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages)

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining
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Members
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19 reviews
 

Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare present a new stage incarnation of Jane Austen's classic novel, adapted by and starring Kate Hamill ('Vanity Fair,' 'Sense and Sensibility'). 

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The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved, tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn! Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical.

 
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Reviews (23)

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95
The Wall Street Journal

for a previous production “The ever-ingenious Ms. Hamill has given us something completely and delightfully different, a smallish-cast period-dress ‘Pride and Prejudice’ that she’s done over in the revved-up manner of a Hollywood screwball comedy…Such a show demands worthy staging, and Amanda Dehnert…delivers the goods with gusto…In addition to having written the script, Ms. Hamill plays Lizzy Bennet with winning impishness…The kind of show that would flourish in a small Broadway house.” Full Review

95
Berkshire Edge

for a previous production “Hamill…is at it again more riotously, more ingeniously than before. With a rollicking, witty, smart, thoroughly entertaining ‘Pride and Prejudice’…Ms Hamill delights with her best work yet, and serves the best summer theater fare anywhere...Beneath ‘P&P’s’ laughs, there’s a core, more delicate sensibility – a wry, keen awareness that regards, with squinted eye, people warts and all. This 'P&P' is blissful mirth – a special potion of affectionate, bemused cynicism, and realistic optimism.” Full Review

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Hudson Valley One

for a previous production “Not for Hamill such a passive/aggressive angle of attack; she goes for full-blown farce that tears the social conventions of the landed gentry to hysterical shreds. Amazingly, deliciously, it all works; but purists should consider themselves forewarned…While clever, the humor here is very broad indeed…I highly recommend giving HVSF’s 'Pride & Prejudice' a try. It’s loads of fun, put on with both great professionalism and refreshing, zany zest.” Full Review

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Just Jane 1813

for a previous production “Hamill has clearly made it her own in way that I think will resonate with all kinds of Austen fans!...Hamill does a lovely job as Austen’s heroine, Elizabeth Bennet…Kudos to Kate Hamill for displaying the courage of Elizabeth Bennet to not only adapt Austen’s most popular story for the stage, but to adapt it in a way that I believe will appeal to Austen fans, old and new, in a way that’s fun, imaginative, and bold.” Full Review

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86
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87
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Quirky

See it if Good theatre, good acting

Don't see it if You are not a Jane Austin fan

68
For a previous production
Played up for laughs, Lots of doubling of roles, Felt like a shoestring budget, Some roles miscast

See it if You love Jane Austen and are willing to have an open mind.

Don't see it if You're an Austen purist and hate slapstick.

Also I attended the production at Boscobel in Garrison, NY. The grounds wer... Read more Read less

87
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Love a stripped down version of a classic retaining all the charm

Don't see it if Like standard interpretations

85
For a previous production
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You are open to a humorous, manic version of the novel.

Don't see it if You expect the play to reflect the spirit of Austen's work, or want something like the BBC production.

Also Loved Kate Hamill's "Sense and Sensibility" and also enjoyed her "Vani... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy fast, burlesque, intelligent comedic versions of classic stories told by master performers.

Don't see it if You need your Austen to have Colin Firth, period authenticity, and a demur demeanor. Don't want to have a good time? Don't go!

Also We loved Kate Hamill's VANITY FAIR, so we were more than willing to ta... Read more Read less

99
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love (or hate) Jane Austin. Funny, fast paced, charming, perfect comedic timing. Wonderful!!!

Don't see it if You don't like humor or want your period pieces dry.

80
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if want a really fun version of this classic story (Act 1 is played entirely for laughs). The acting and writing both are excellent

Don't see it if want a really serious version of the story

84
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love the book. You like clever takes on classic stories. You want to see a wonderful company of actors. You want a good laugh.

Don't see it if You are expecting to see the BBC version of this story that will stick to it completely and faithfully in style and tone.

45
For a previous production
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You know nothing about the book and like over the top silliness and a great cast misusing its talent

Don't see it if You are expecting it to be like sense and sensibility which this company performed. Loud, screaming performances, no subtlety and certainly

Also Not the book. I saw this at the hudson valley theatre and left after t... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Remake, Adaptable

See it if you like remakes of Jane Austen, and would like to see a staged version of her work that is more modern.

Don't see it if you are one of those die hard Jane Austen fans who can't stand to see anything that is non-canon.

88
For a previous production
Delightful, Great ensemble, Clever staging

See it if You enjoyed Kate Hamill's previous adaptations of 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Vanity Fair.' You love all things Pride and Prejudice.

Don't see it if Austen purists be warned - this is a fun, zanier take on the story.

Also This production is great fun - even for those who know Pride and Preju... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy exquisite writing and gorgeous treatment of this timeless classic. The family dynamics are like you've never seen before!

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor.

100
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you adore being surprised into shrieks of spontaneous mirth by a classic you thought you'd already seen/read all the juice out of.

Don't see it if you hate having fun and are absolutely determined to stay in a bad mood for the rest of your life.

100
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want a hilarious night of theater in a beautiful location overlooking the Hudson.

Don't see it if you don't like theater under a tent (even if it's a really nice tent like this one is)

Also P&P is Kate Hamill's adaptation of the Austin novel. She's also adapte... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if a wonderful rethinking of Pride and Prejudice. Just delightful to watch and the audience loved it.

Don't see it if You want a musical.

90
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like your classics mixed with farce and fun and if you have a sense of humor about Pride & Prejudice.

Don't see it if you want a straight adaptation of P&P that adheres strictly to the book.

Also Crazy fun production. The adaptation took P&P's characters, distilled ... Read more Read less

66
For a previous production
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Romantic

See it if You love the book

Don't see it if You get bored easily

98
For a previous production
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see

See it if You enjoy an exciting, creative, reimagining of a classic novel.

Don't see it if you don't like fun.

98
For a previous production
Inventive and exhilarating!, Dynamic fun!, One of the funniest, cleverest nights of theater ever!

See it if Just a joyous, smart, fun time! (From the previous production from this company and cast)

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this.