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Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages)

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

About the show

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').  More…

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.


Member Reviews (177)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
81
Avg Score

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Clever

See it if While keeping much of Austin's delicious comedy of manners, Hamill's adapt too often gets caught up in silly, pop culture mannerisms & bores

Don't see it if Suprisingly, male cast comes off better than females. Hamill is too often one note & too broad but both Tufts & Bedard outrageously funny

85
Great acting, Clever, Hilarious, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of the Bennett sisters, enjoy the playwright's past work, want an evening full of honest & genuine laughs

Don't see it if Jane Austen is not your thing, you feel a humorous adaptation dishonors Austen, actors playing multiple roles and lack of scenery disturbs

91
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you’re a fan of Jane Austen, or shows in the vein of RTC’s The Robber Bridegroom, Fiasco’s Into the Woods, or Soulpepper’s Of Human Bondage.

Don't see it if you don’t like genre mashups. This integrates certain modern elements into the classic world of Jane Austen.

Also I’m a big fan of the “brand” of creativity employed by this show. Acto... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you love the satire and sly fun in Jane Austen's classic novel. Imaginative staging, delightful singing, great silliness.

Don't see it if you are hooked on the romances. They are the plot but not the purpose of this production.

77
Over-the-top, Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you enjoy the overuse of mugging and screaming in a play. You want to see Jason O'Connell keep getting better and better as an actor.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist. The play misses most of the flavor of Austen's novel.

Also I wish that Eric Tucker would have directed this piece. He would have ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You like a different take on Austen’s classics, and know Kate Hamill’s work. Actors play multiple characters, adding to the hilarity.

Don't see it if You expect the typical British drawing room version of an Austen novel. Do not like pratfalls or silliness.

Also If you were fortunate enough to see Kate Hamill and Jason O’Connell in... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Ambitious, Frenetic

See it if want to see a creative irreverent adaptation of a Jane Austen novel

Don't see it if you loved Kate Hamill's version of Sense & Sensibility and are expecting something of that quality again.

Also Unlike S&S, this one tries too hard and the effort shows. Nevertheless... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Hilarious, Quirky, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if You just want to have fun with a quirky take on a classic.

Don't see it if You need your classic super true to form and don't like farce and going with the FUN vs the cut and dry dialogue

Also I did not love the direction in which Elizabeth and Darcy were played ... Read more Read less

49
One note, long and shrill

See it if you don’t mind a version of P&P where Lydia is the most complex character; you like Mel Brooks’ comedy at its loudest & flappiest.

Don't see it if you won’t tolerate Mel Brooks’ style poorly done by the lead. Be honest because this play is not quick. People left @ intermission.

Also The sad thing is Hamill is the weak link in her own show. (She wrote t... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Hilarious, Great writing, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you love Jane Austen in general, Pride and Prejudice specifically and especially Kate Hamill, who has done it again - a true theater talent.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy poking fun at classic stories. Austen would be rolling, all right, but completely in laughter. SO GOOD.

96
You thought you were done with austen--guess again!!!, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of Austen and want to see a remarkable variation on a traditional story. It will make you so happy! Hats off to them all!

Don't see it if You are a purist about Austen and don't enjoy an out-of-the-box production.

Also WOW!! The Cherry Lane Theatre is having a season that is a bowl of rip... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if Have a great time revisiting a classic novel in a totally engaging manner , funnier than Sense and Sensibility

Don't see it if You take life and love seriously and want your theater to do the same

82
Clever, Funny, Edgy

See it if You enjoy creative versions of shows. This is a farce, so prepare for a comedy rather than a romance.

Don't see it if You are a P&P purist or you don't like gender bender characters.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Chaotic, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You're a fan of Jane Austen, or just enjoy madcap comedy

Don't see it if You don't like Jane Austen, aren't a fan of breaking the fourth wall, want something serious.

Also I'm amazed at how ineffective this piece was compared to Hamill's Vani... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of Jane Austen and want a fresh interpretation of a very well known story.

Don't see it if you don't like things that diverge from the original source material.

70
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You love physical comedy and general silliness. This was a miss for me but I did hear other people laughing.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of farcical physical comedy.

46
Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you like slapstick humor, don't care about what was originally written and have patience for mugging and endless costume changes

Don't see it if you want insights and purpose for a re-interpretation of a classic that could have a lot to say about the status of women in 2017.

86
Clever, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Wacky

See it if you want to have fun; you enjoyed the author's Sense&Sensibility and Vanity Fair; you like new takes on classics.

Don't see it if you're an Austen purist &won't like a wacky, somewhat slapstick version of P&P ; don't know the story; dislke actors playing multiple roles.

Also I didn't think this was quite as good as Vanity Fair. There is too muc... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Refreshing, Rom-com, Inventive, Entertaining

See it if You liked Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility, are an Austen fan, enjoy madcap rom-coms and doubled-up roles. No need to know the book to enjoy it!

Don't see it if You hate Jane Austen, don't like long (2.5 hour) plays, prefer your classics straight up rather than "messed with." Or don't like to laugh.

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy smiling & laughing while watching an imaginative adaptation of Jane Austin's book. The actors are wonderful & we all had fun.

Don't see it if You don't like to have fun.

92
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are ready for a delightful, surprising, clever version (deconstruction?) of a beloved classic novel. It is tremendous fun and well done

Don't see it if you don't like productions with small casts playing multiple roles, if you aren't in the mood to laugh, or you don't like classics changed.

79
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you liked the Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility. This one is almost as funny and wild, although I missed the unconventional staging of S&S

Don't see it if you hope to see all the nuances of the book presented here, e.g., a statement about women's rights; that was lost in translation

83
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy non-traditional takes on classics, like farce and silliness, can forgive slightly cynical perspective on love and marriage.

Don't see it if you are immune to the real creativity behind a low budget production such as this, with great acting and ingenious stagecraft from f. POV.

79
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you love the play and can put up with a bit too much slapstick. There is an essence of romance that strikes a real chord. well done by all

Don't see it if you either need absolute faithful portrayal of the book or a full blown dramatization of the saga. This is a clever but bare bones approach

79
Jason o'connell makes the show, Otherwise a bit too exagerated

See it if If you want to experience the true talent of Jason O'Connell & if you are open to a raucous interpretation of Austen

Don't see it if Slap stick drives you crazy or if you are an Austen traditionalist

Also Kate Hamill went just a bit too far with this one ( at least for me ) ... Read more Read less


November 19th, 2017
"It hasn’t met a rib it can’t tickle. But the silliness masks a cynicism that blunts some of the fun...If the performances are sometimes too exaggerated, they are always spirited...I don’t mind the anachronisms in language or music and I’ll go to the mat for Ms. Hamill’s un-Georgian mischief. And...
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November 19th, 2017
"There is a pleasing simplicity to her adaptation...But in Primary Stages’ frisky production, comedic bits overwhelm character. Dehnert lets the playful antics descend into uncontrolled theatrics...The most effective moments are the ones with the most heart. O’Connell’s awkwardness is endearing, ...
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November 20th, 2017
"Hamill’s 'Pride and Prejudice' has fun and charm to spare, but it ultimately feels like it’s grafting an idea onto Austen’s text...Though this 'Pride and Prejudice' is full of high spirits and genuine mirth, Hamill’s additions to Austen feel, well, like additions. The games and bells become bell...
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November 22nd, 2017
“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 wi...
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