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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

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.

80
Clever, Enchanting, Romantic, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you'd like an entertaining adaptation of a great novel.

Don't see it if you do not like tinkering with classics.

79
Anachronisms keep it fresh

See it if you enjoy great actors, especially the men, playing multiple gender bending roles, quick changes, pop music, & a love story (sort of).

Don't see it if u r not open to a different interpretation of Austen. Although it was fun much of the time, I didn't care about the characters.

Also Lively but tiresome.

92
Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if want to be entertained and have any enjoyable time watching a Jane Austin play.

Don't see it if want to see a serious version of a Jane Austin play!

48
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

75
Cute, Playful, Upbeat, Romantic, Good-natured

See it if Fiasco's and Bedlam's trunk show stagings of Shakespeare delight you and you're open to the same approach for a Jane Austen adaptation.

Don't see it if you insist that Fitzwilliam Darcy look like a dashing young Laurence Olivier or a messy-haired Colin Firth.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, ...with a pretty major caveat on the double-casting

See it if you like slapstick or physical comedy (there's a bit w/ a chair that's roll-on-the-floor hysterical) & don't mind your Austen untraditional.

Don't see it if you don't like the above! Also, see my, er, "see also" for a pretty strong caveat on the gender politics of the double casting.

Also I'm struggling with this show, because it really is a mixed bag. 25% w... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You appreciate parodies/adaptations. See it if you love Kate Hamill or if you don't yet know her. Wee it if you love fabulous acting. See it

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

Also Kate Hamill is an amazing writer and actor. She consistently delivers ... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want a fresh take on a classic. You admire Kate Hamill's adaptations. You like talented actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are wedded to a conventional version of a classic. You prefer the serious to the screwball.

Also I'm a fan of Kate Hamill's work and I enjoy fresh versions of classics... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of the original story, enjoyed Kate Hamill's previous adaptations, like superb physical comedy and ensemble-driven productions

Don't see it if Austen stories aren't your thing or you dislike quirky adaptations of classic works

Also Most of the positive points I gave this productions are credit to two ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy lovingly irreverent, incredibly clever, fast-paced, and cheeks-hurt-from-laughing drama

Don't see it if you really can't stand even modernised funny period drama, struggle with fast dialogue, or with body-language intensive plays

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like well done farce and Jane Austen

Don't see it if You don't like tampering with classics

90
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You love P&P and you want to see a smart, careful, and truly well-done adaptation performed and directed incredibly well.

Don't see it if Mild anachronisms (non-period music, etc.) will bother you.

88
Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Somewhat indulgent

See it if you enjoy cleverly focused & modernized, physically entertaining retelling of a classic, told via great performances

Don't see it if you are a purist when it comes to the novel, or wouldn't enjoy an interpretation that lets the story have fun with its own tropes

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you want to see a fun, imaginative, well written and acted interpretation of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't like; plays, interpretations of classics, a fun night out at the theatre.

85
Clever, Funny, Enchanting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed Hamill's versions of Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair.

Don't see it if You don't like anyone messing with classics.

Also I enjoyed this production, but not as much as I did Hamill's versions ... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you love the book; this is a really funny interpretation & presentation of the characters & the story. I've enjoyed all Hamill's adaptations

Don't see it if you want it to be serious or flawless. Lizzy and Darcy are not my preferred versions of these characters

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.

70
Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if You are looking for a fresh take on Jane Austen. You enjoy slapstick comedy. You like a small cast playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are a traditional Jane Austen fan. You do not enjoy modern elements including modern music added to a 19th century themed show.

Also So hard to rate this. Parts were very funny - other parts not funny at... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you enjoyed Kate Hamill's Sense and Sensibility and would like to see another work by her. This is good but not as outstanding and creative

Don't see it if You would only like a traditional rendering of the novel

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Clever

See it if You love Austen in action. This play is a fresh comedic take on a classic.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional unedited production of Austen. There is a touch of agressive over-acting by Elizabeth at the end.

85
Highly entertaining take on great source material

See it if you know Pride & Prejudice well, enjoy farce and physical comedy and love experiencing a terrific ensemble cast having a ball together.

Don't see it if I think this show is probably best enjoyed if you know the plot of Pride & Prejudice and the various characters.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of the book and don't mind an irreverent take on a classic, if you enjoy laughing, if you like a bit of music & dance.

Don't see it if You are a literary purist and prefer a straightforward rendition of a classic, if you prefer drama to comedy.

Also I love Jane Austen's novels, have read all of them and many books insp... Read more Read less

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

92
Hilarious, Clever, Great writing, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You might like a modern take on this classic. Kate Hamill matches wits with Jane Austen and lands it - a great job.

Don't see it if You haven't read the original or you just had an operation that puts you at great risk if you laugh.


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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