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

91%
(434 Reviews)
Positive
98%
Mixed
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Negative
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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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Member Reviews (434)

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815 Reviews | 889 Followers
90
Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Austen's & appreciate modern stagings. Fast paced & clever. Perfectly choreographed. Delightfully fun.

Don't see it if you're a purist & want your Austen served classic. At points the actors having many roles can be confusing.

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
79
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Jane Austen or romantic period pieces. It's a super clever production, innovative staging, intimate and delightful night out.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Jane Austen. The cast plays multiple roles, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't.

691 Reviews | 212 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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
92
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you can. This is smart, clever, innovative, witty, charming, entertaining theater at its best. Another stellar re-imagining from Bedlam!

Don't see it if ...I'm at a loss here. Everyone should see it. Even if you hate Jane Austin, you'll be charmed by the actors & dazzled by the theatricality.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
95
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy innovative, multi-casted theatre. Breezy literary adaptation. Great direction & staging

Don't see it if Relish Austin's verbosity.. Audience participatory theatre. Rom-com endings

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
92
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see fun theater by a great group and with clever use of the site

Don't see it if you are too tied to the writing of Jane Austen an cannot enjoy flexibility and fun..

585 Reviews | 220 Followers
78
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Overrated

See it if You're a Jane Austen fan and/or like new, quirky versions of classic works that are playful with form and staging.

Don't see it if You're not a Jane Austen fan or think quirky revisals are a lot of style over substance. I'm not an Austen fan, so that colored this review.

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
92
Clever, Funny, Romantic, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you love a show with lots of movement and imagination, or if you're a fan of Jane Austen's.

Don't see it if you're not into romantic comedies or are looking for an overly produced spectacle. This show is bare bones in the best way.

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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