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Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages)

From 177 member  reviews
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

69
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You liked Hamill's Sense & Sensibility and you don't mind skipping the 2nd act. You like scripts where actors play more than one character.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a boring 2nd act with an insipid ending.

65
Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you're intrigued by the character of Mary and want to see her take some of the spotlight

Don't see it if you have low tolerance for slapstick solely for the sake of slapstick

Also I loved hamill's Sense & Sensibility but this was an enormous let down... Read more Read less

60
Messy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You have to

Don't see it if If you have something else to see

68
Funny, Confusing

See it if you like confusing but funny/entertaining plays

Don't see it if If you have not done your research of the play prior to seeing it live

67
Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want a nontraditional approach to a classic

Don't see it if You’re a tradionalist if Jane austin

During previews
67
Disappointing, Needs lots of editing, Uneven, Entertaining

See it if You like Hamill's prior works. It's in many ways funny and creative.

Don't see it if You like Hamill's prior works. It's by far the least polished all. 2h40m was 30m too long. Buffoonish humor was too exagerated

Also I was really looking forward to this one having seen Hamill's Sense & ... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Disappointing, Overly long, Amusing, Uneven, Quirky

See it if You'd like to see a farcical take on Pride & Prejudice and enjoy over the top physical comedy.

Don't see it if I was a fan of Hamil's other works. This to me was a miss. The story drag's on thanks to comic bits that are overdone & at time obnoxious.

Also The staging at Primary Stages was not the right fit for this style of ... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Disappointing, Farcical, Overdone, Quirky, Outrageous

See it if You can put aside the memory of having seen Sense and Sensibility by the same playwright.

Don't see it if You are a serious fan of Jane Austen’s work and the idea of it being turned upside down and exaggerated will upset you. This take is farce !

During previews
68
Entertaining, Confusing, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You might enjoy watching a novel rendition of a classic story.

Don't see it if You are easily confused by multiple parts being played by a few actors or are looking for a more polished play.

Also I had mixed feelings about this. It is mildly entertaining with some g... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Ambitious, Insipid

See it if you like farce-even farces that don't completely work

Don't see it if farce irks you

During previews
67
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You are not an Austen purist and don’t mind taking the piss out of a beloved story.

Don't see it if You don’t like watching people being amused with themselves or dislike overindulgent schtick and direction that muddies the story.

Also While the cast is generally good and the doubling of characters is eff... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing, Quirky, Campy, Funny, Indulgent

See it if you're open to any and all kinds of Austen interpretations.

Don't see it if you're expecting a production on par with Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility. It was a little too campy for my taste.

For a previous production
68
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

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

See it if You love the book

Don't see it if You get bored easily


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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