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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

During previews
92
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Fun, funny, feel-good show with fantastic performances (esp Jason O'Connell!) And - who doesn't love silly dancing? Be truthful.

Don't see it if Come on purists - It's Austen. Not Kafka. Have fun with it. Jane would approve.

Also I had a revelation watching this production. Darcy falls somewhere in ... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Clever, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like farces that are very silly.

Don't see it if Want a dramatic presentation of Pride & Prejudice.

During previews
90
Fun and funny, Not your grandmother's jane austen

See it if Inspired by screwball comedies of Kaufmann and Hart , it's a wacky adaptation true to the spirit of the novel.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick, actors playing multiple roles, minimal scenery and cleverness.

Also How often do you get to laugh out loud- and at Jane Austen, who, we ar... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you liked S&S. It's a witty, if silly, interpretation, faithful to Jane in spirit. The staging is gobsmackingly clever & the actors amazing.

Don't see it if you are an absolutist about accuracy and hate any updating/modernizing. There's a little too much slapstick and screeching going on.

During previews
81
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy Jane Austin and historical stories about life and love in years gone by. Lots of fun, twists & turns, love & romance.

Don't see it if you don't like manners and formalities in the affairs of the heart. Too much screaming...

During previews
91
Fresh, witty, laugh out loud

See it if you're a Janeite (best to re-read/watch movie before). Ingenious take on classic..bordering farcical.

Don't see it if you don't like to mess with tradition. Act 1 is perfection. Wheels fall off a bit in Act 2. KH (Jane) overacts and takes into broad skit.

During previews
43
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
84
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like both pride and prejudice and farcical humor. Or even if you don't normally like farces

Don't see it if you're looking for something that takes itself seriously

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
90
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Don't miss it. Funny, witty, charming, entertaining. Ms. Hamill incorporates the most important story elements. The 8 actors are fabulous.

Don't see it if you don't know the story . So read the book or watch the movie and then go.

During previews
96
Funny, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy the quintessence of great theater melded with great literature and breathtakingly good performers.

Don't see it if you think "lion King" is great theater. Sorry to offend "Lion King" lovers -- it's a joke in this wonderful, not-to-be- missed show.

During previews
100
Hilarious, Masterful, Great writing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy contemporary, intelligent, feminist adaptations of classics. Fast-paced, joyful, full of heart and wit. Kate Hamill 4 President.

Don't see it if You don’t like Austen or can’t follow 8 actors quick changing all the roles, often at lightning speed. Modern, deliberately anachronistic.

During previews
93
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you would like to spend 2 1/2 hours being joyfully entertained by talented people who seem to be having a great time.

Don't see it if you have a problem getting to the West Village

Also Kate Hamill is a star and we LOVE what she sees. This one should find ... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love creative staging combined with great silliness!

Don't see it if You hate Jane Austen or confuse easily or you are feeling grumpy.

During previews
29
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
82
Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You like a new spin on the Jane Austen classic.The story’s still there but w/actors playing multiple roles, inventive staging & comic bits

Don't see it if You’re a purist or if you don’t like slapstick comedy. Sometimes it’s a little over the top.

During previews
87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if Anyone who has seen previous works by Bedlam will know what a treasure awaits them. More fun if you know the book but not required. Funny.

Don't see it if You don’t like fancy word play or multiple parts played by the same person.

During previews
95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy smart,clever and intelligent interpretations of a classic. Lots of fun,the cast was laughing along with the audience.

Don't see it if The theater is somewhat inconvenient,that said,the show is fun

During previews
88
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Satisfyingly silly

See it if You liked Kate Hamill’s S&S. It’s an irreverent take on Austen that stays true to (but modernizes) the themes and emotions of original.

Don't see it if Not for Janeite purists. Be prepared for gender blind casting, silliness and modern music.

Also I loved her Sense & Sensibility but hated her Vanity Fair (to me, that... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Entertaining, Fluffy, Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Kate Hamill and want a funny, uproarious interpretation of Pride and Prejudice. You like slapstick comedy with energy.

Don't see it if you're a Jane Austen purist and believe her works should be performed with gravitas. You don't like actors switching characters often.

Also There is no reason not to see this production if you like Jane Austen ... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Not quite as entertaining as the company’s Sense and Sensibility and a bit over the top, it’s still a super fun evening.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate “messing with the classics”. It is wacky and silly but very clever.

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
75
Quirky, Clever, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a cleverly written and staged interpretation of Jane Austen.

Don't see it if You’re an Austen purist or get restless easily

Also Very clever and fun, but too long by 20 minutes or so.

During previews
70
Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if you like comedic acting - very light and funny

Don't see it if are interested in a traditional interpretation - lots of screeching - loud show

During previews
92
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you can. The performance was deservedly sold out.

Don't see it if you are looking for a reverential period production of Jane Austen's work.

Also This was nothing like what I expected, from its anachronistic sound tr... 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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