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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
81
Avg Score

82
Funny, Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You can enjoy an irreverent treatment of P & P. It's very theatrical and playful. The actors have a blast and it's infectious.

Don't see it if the adaptation misportrays Elizabeth Bennet's character - she's fairly neurotic and petulant here. Not as frothy as their Sense and Sensibi

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if a comic pride and predjudice

Don't see it if you are expecting Jane Austin's typical take on the story

49
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.

100
Clever, Romantic, Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a fun, entertaining night at the theatre, regardless if you are an Austen fan or not.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy seeing classic literature in a new light

78
Entertaining, Ambitious, Somewhat repetitive, Jokes went stale

See it if You love Jane Austen and slapstick comedy

Don't see it if If you want an absorbing drama

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love zany. Funny, physical Theatre. Loved the cast.

Don't see it if 0

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love Jane Austen, or even if you don't!

Don't see it if There's no reason NOT to see it!

71
Clever, Funny

See it if If you like Jane Austen and Monty Python

Don't see it if You don’t like farce

45
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.

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

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Everyone was wonderful, funny, smart except Lizzie. Sorry.

Don't see it if Kate over-acted and made a brilliant character deformed and silly

86
Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you are a Pride & Prejudice fan, if you enjoy comedies of manners, if you appreciate actors playing multiple roles

Don't see it if you want to see Pride and Prejudice verbatim, if anachronisms bother you, if you have no sense of humor

88
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like innovative staging, classics re-imagined, and ensemble-based work.

Don't see it if you're not ready for a quirky night at the theatre, including Austen characters having a Lightsaber fight or dancing to Kanye West.

20
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.

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

91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You’re a fan of Jane Austen and clever ensemble-driven comedies.

Don't see it if You hate things involving empire-waist dresses and women curtseying everytime a dashing gentleman enters the drawing room.

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
90
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Romantic, Silly

See it if Over-the-top comedic farce, with the original satire & language blended in. Astonishingly creative writing and performance. Blissful mayhem.

Don't see it if You don’t like ridiculous. At one point, the woman next to me who had been laughing throughout act 2, blurted aloud, “What the f*** is this?

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
85
Delightful, Entertaining, Dizzying, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy a silly and over-the-top show with a serious undertone of manners and mores of Austin's time. Joyful, but too loud at times.

Don't see it if You hate silliness and parody, loud screeching, and actors playing multiple characters with only minimal costume changes.

Also This was easily a "love it or hate it" show. Nothing serious here, alt... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Charming

See it if Loved it! Just an absolute delight from start to finish. A silly take on the book, while still managing to tell the story. Lovely.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a straight dramatization of thr book, this ain’t it.

During previews
70
Jane austen meets screwball comedy, Breathless pacing, Pretty funny, Indifferent acting

See it if ...you are not a real Janeite. Her cleverness has become strident farce. But it is entertaining and some of the bits are hysterical in a...

Don't see it if ...slapstick manner. It just hurt my sensibility to hear so much shrieking and to see such flattening of the characters.

During previews
95
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, A witty, charming romp through austenland, Regency poise-meets-screwball comedy

See it if a Jane Austen fan with a mind open to seeing this 1813 classic reinvigorated with modern sensibilities, yet with its heart and soul in tact.

Don't see it if you need historical accuracy, elaborate sets & costumes, and less slapstick humor; get confused by actors in multiple roles or modern flair.

Also There’s a line in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice in which the playw... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Charming, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy classic novels updated. Upbeat and enjoyable, while still hitting all the main plot points. Extremely clever. Worth seeing twice!

Don't see it if You only like classic stories staged classically. You are bothered by slapstick and physical comedy in a classic story.


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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