Sense & Sensibility
Closed 2h 30m
Sense & Sensibility
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Sense & Sensibility NYC Reviews and Tickets

91%
(434 Ratings)
Positive
98%
Mixed
1%
Negative
1%
Members say
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting

About the Show

Bedlam presents a playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, following the fortunes and misfortunes of the Dashwood sisters.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (434)

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216 Reviews | 58 Followers
100
Brilliant, Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something truly delightful & engaging that will keep a smile on your face from start to finish with quite a few laughs too.

Don't see it if you can forgive yourself for not finding the time to see this terrific show. Read more

118 Reviews | 26 Followers
100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if I was blown away by the creative staging of this excellent production.

Don't see it if You have a bad back . The seats are not comfortable.

64 Reviews | 36 Followers
100
Enchanting, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You like your Austen served shaken and with a twist

Don't see it if You're a literary purist.

64 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if if you want the best time you'll ever have in a theatre. This troupe is genius, and they bring Austen's delicious story to glorious life!

Don't see it if you are in search of a big, splashy spectacle. This is a clever, nuanced, sharp rendition of an intelligent, frothy comedy of manners.

317 Reviews | 109 Followers
100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Funny, Masterful

See it if You want daring and inventive staging. You like a energized adaptation of Austen's story.

Don't see it if You find actor interaction or eye-contact uncomfortable.

774 Reviews | 246 Followers
100
Delightful, Romantic, Great staging, Witty, Energetic

See it if You would like a wild fast paced interpretation of Victorian romantic satire, in an intimate venue. A wonderful experience!

Don't see it if You don't like to interact directly with the actors, or you don't like romance, or you prefer plainer language.

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a creative intelligent fabulously staged rendition of jane Austen's novel

Don't see it if Only like blockbuster Broadway musicals

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
100
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you love theatre that is inventive without losing the point or mood of a piece. This show is one of the best things I've seen this year. GO!

Don't see it if you prefer Jersey Boys and Mama Mia.

Critic Reviews (29)

Z
June 27th, 2016

“This production is charming and wildly inventive...The cast of 10 plays at least twice as many characters, creating entirely new personalities with the change of posture or the addition of eyeglasses or a hat...My only quibble is the few (and they are few) jokes made by inserting modern interventions into Austen-land...But that’s a nitpick. This charming Austenian invention entertains without losing the pain that always lurks below the surface of the lives of Austen’s women."
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I
November 3rd, 2016

"This Jane Austen adaptation—at least in its first half—is both a gloriously smile-inducing celebration of theatrical ingenuity and a clear, brisk telling of the story...'Sense' employs a parade of devices without ever letting the results feel like a parody a la 'The 39 Steps.' After intermission, the plotting gets a little muddy and the gimmicks are piled on a bit thick, but that doesn’t mitigate the magic from a company whose work I’ll now keep a firmer eye on."
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The New York Times
November 26th, 2014
For a previous production

"The would-be and might-have-been lovers in this enchantingly athletic take on the perils of Austen-style courtship find themselves pushed and pulled by the forces of speculation run rampant…No troupe in New York these days rides the storytelling momentum of theater more resourcefully or enthusiastically than Bedlam…High-octane Austen…Delightful…Theirs is a bouncy, jaunty take on Austen, with a 10-member cast taking on an assortment of roles that are always clearly defined.”
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The New York Times
February 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"This enchanting romp of a play has returned with its buoyant spirits, cunning stagecraft and enlivening insights intact…Your response to the early scenes will probably be surprised, riotous laughter, you are equally likely to find yourself shedding discreet tears by the end. This misty-eyed state is induced not just by Austen’s artistry in setting to rights a world at odds with itself, but also by a troupe’s triumphant joy in giving such defiantly theatrical form to a literary narrative."
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Time Out New York
November 14th, 2014
For a previous production

"It’s a nonstop delight, the textual richness of Austen’s text matched by the playful staging. At any given moment, there’s some little footnote to savor…Though the style aims for over-the-top, most actors manage to find the core of truth within their caricatures. Steinmetz goes a bit too far as Anne Steele...Conversely, the quarterback-proportioned Tucker underplays Mrs. Jennings...Minor missteps aside 'Sense & Sensibility' makes for a fun theatrical outing."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"For much of the show, I couldn’t help wondering why we needed so much theatrical evangelism for a work whose original version is still completely readable (and popular.) The enjoyable overacting of most of the supporting roles suggested a form of bad faith. Happily, as the focus gradually switched from Marianne to Elinor the tone changed, too, and the grave simplicity of Andrus Nichols’s fine performance steadied the storytelling...A comedy, not a classic."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 13th, 2014
For a previous production

"Bedlam’s production now stands unrivaled for its freshness and immediacy...'Sense and Sensibility,' newly and skillfully dramatized by Bedlam’s Kate Hamill, merits far more attention than I can give it here...A version so full of galloping comic vitality as to suggest a bunch of stupendously clever kids playing dress-up in the nursery. It’s by far the smartest Jane Austen adaptation to come along since Amy Heckerling’s 'Clueless,' and at least as much fun."
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New York Daily News
February 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"It’s goofy, joyous and deeply moving...Chalk it up to the Bedlam theater troupe’s low-tech and highly engaging and imaginative take on the Jane Austen classic...The show puts a premium on clever and vivid storytelling. But this 'Sense & Sensibility' stays faithful to its source through all the cheekiness. The production is a reminder that a strong point of view and invention trumps a big budget."
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