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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)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

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

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.

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to see a horrible interpretation of Pride and Prejudice. If you like cheap laughs this show is for you.

Don't see it if You hate long shows where the plot goes nowhere. Horrible interpretation of this novel/movie.

Also We almost left at intermission. We wanted to see it act two would be b... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Dated, Overrated, Slow

See it if You don't go to shows often and like comedy or shows that don't make sense

Don't see it if You usually always always see shows and expect something close to the classic. This was nothing like that at all! Ur was way to long!

Confusing, Insipid, Excruciating, Silly for silly's sake

See it if You love Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, you love slapstick, and you loved their version of Sense and Sensibility.

Don't see it if you hate pointless slapstick. This company completely lost the poignancy and profound truth of Pride and Prejudice. I left at intermission.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You enjoy the most extreme, broadest farce, bordering on slapstick.

Don't see it if you're expecting a thoughtful, wry, comedic, clever, innovative interpretation of Pride & Prejudice.

Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if You like broad comedy and don't really care about Jane Austen's story and characters.

Don't see it if You loved Jane Austen's sharp characterizations. You enjoyed Sense & Sensibility and expect something similar. Left at intermission.

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you are interested in an absurdist take on a classic Jane Austen story. Men play some women's roles. None of it was entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slapstick comedy and people screeching at you. I think I missed the point of the play.

During previews
Sophomoric, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like characters who scream & scream thinking it makes their character funny. See it if you like not very good slapstick.

Don't see it if If you expect a clever twist on Pride & Prejudice. You will be sadly disappointed.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like cheap humor and watching terrible writing and directing choices come to life

Don't see it if you respect the story of pride and prejudice

During previews
Disappointing, Edgy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You like scewball comedy Farce Absurd

Don't see it if You revere Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice- and are not open to a Pretentious and overly stylized version.

For a previous production
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing

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

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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