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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)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
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Clever, Dizzying, Funny, Great staging

See it if you ♥︎ anachronistic riffs on classics that don't lose the heart of the source. The ensemble cast (in multiple roles) is especially funny

Don't see it if you dislike long shows (it's kind of indulgent with itself) or shows which are irreverent with the classics.

Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I saw this at HVSF. Another wonderful adaptation that's full of humor and great double casting.

Don't see it if this isn't as strong a show as Hamill's Sense and Sensibility, but still worth seeing.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a clever take on Austen, slapstick mixed with rock "oldies", an enjoyable ensemble, many playing multiple roles. Talented fun.

Don't see it if you need "pure" Austen seriously played or you want the period authenticity of Hamel's Sense & Sensibility

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you are a Jane Austen and/or Kate Hamill fan; if you like being highly entertained and love seeing stories told and staged in various ways.

Don't see it if you can't deal with adaptations that take some liberties; you don't like to laugh.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Edgy

See it if You want to see how an unusual staging can enhance our understanding of a beloved classic, or if you just want to have a great time.

Don't see it if You are a grump.

Also See this production post haste if you have a chance! It was easily the... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Romantic, Must see

See it if you love P&P and want to see a new take! It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL. What a tribute! Also, Mr. Collins/Ms. Bingley is worth every cent!!

Don't see it if you want a classical adaptation of P&P, Kate Hamill has definitely changed a few things.

Ambitious, Farce, Fast-paced

See it if You want to see a unique take on a classic

Don't see it if You want a typical take on the novel

Messy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You have to

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

Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You would love an amazing retelling of a classic story of romance and family.

Don't see it if The thought of a love story on stage turns you off.

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!

Enchanting, Clever, Great acting

See it if You enjoy powerful ensembles, clever adaptations of classics, and Austen

Don't see it if You aren't familiar with Austin or Pride and Prejudice, you don't have a desire to be amused, don't like old-fashioned story lines.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Brilliant writing

See it if you want to see a truly funny take on Pride and Prejudice, the Bennett family and all of the characters.

Don't see it if you only want to see Jane Austen works in their purest form. Otherwise, please see it.

Also This play is in my top 10 of all of the plays I’ve seen in the last 12... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love the original version of pride and prejudice. If you have a good sense of humor.

Don't see it if If you don't like when modern elements are mixed into traditional shows

Funny, Exquisite, Masterful, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if If you like contemporary theater. Absolutely delightful, funny, clever, talented. Highly recommend for a night of laughter and witty dialog

Don't see it if off broadway productions, Jane Austen, actors playing more than one character

Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like Jane Austen and that style of theatre. But also, if you're into farce and slight absurdism.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play that is thought provoking or relevant to our times.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Disappointing

See it if you like new takes on classic novels

Don't see it if you don't like absurd humor

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoyed other Kate Hamill productions. You know Austen and can enjoy a humorous interpretation.

Don't see it if You hate farce. You’re unfamiliar with Austen or only want your Austen super serious.

Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Overrated, Funny

See it if You loved Hamill's recent Sense & Sensibility and Vanity Fair. Same fun irreverence and anachronism, broad humor and upending the classics.

Don't see it if You're a P&P purist, and don't like yelling. Characters were strident caricatures; Lizzie, P&P's heart and soul lacked both heart and soul.

Also I was sadly disappointed by this P&P, having loved the author's previo... Read more Read less

Delightful, Funny, Riveting

See it if you enjoy very well done "Storybook" theater. Funny, moving, creative, active. Loved it! Mary slayed me!

Don't see it if you want straightforward retelling of a Jane austen classic.

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want to see an excellently written very funny play with wonderful actors.

Don't see it if N/A

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You love clever staging, take-offs of sacred cows, farce, hilarity.

Don't see it if You worship Jane Austen, might not be familiar with the novel, dislike edgy productions.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to be surprised by staging choices.

Don't see it if You think Austen must be done like Masterpiece Theater.

Clever, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate actors in multiple roles

Don't see it if music in an Austen play is a turn off

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to laugh a lot.

Don't see it if You want a serious, faithful adaptation. Has a couple of serious sections that feel out of place.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You're a Jane Austen fan and want to see a humorous adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that maintains Austen's wit but with a new twist

Don't see it if You want to see a serious show or don't enjoy a more clever and nuanced but also comedic take on P&P

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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