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

91%
(433 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (433)

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.

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.

Critic Reviews (29)

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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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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November 26th, 2014

"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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February 4th, 2016

"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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November 14th, 2014

"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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February 4th, 2016

"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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November 13th, 2014

"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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February 4th, 2016

"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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February 4th, 2016

"Bedlam’s intimate and inventive stage adaptation...Kate Hamill’s adaptation is faithful to the novel, capturing its dueling romantic and socially critical qualities...As directed by Eric Tucker, it is anchored by emotionally revealing performances...The refreshing production makes a strong case for having classic-oriented theater companies produce more literary adaptations. I look forward to what Bedlam does next."
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November 12th, 2014

"Bedlam theater company has remained true to Austen's spirit in Kate Hamill's marvelous adaptation of 'Sense and Sensibility…' This hysterical, endlessly inventive production captures Austen's penchant for satire while inducing laughs with an ever-changing set and 10 brilliant actors who never seem to stop moving. It's one of the funniest, most engaging productions now running off-Broadway…It's hard not to lose one's senses in this kind of theatrical stage magic."
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November 12th, 2014

"Tucker's direction suffers from a fatal tonal confusion. Nobody seems clear if they are offering Austen up straight or spoofing her as broadly as possibly…There are many clever staging ideas…But all too quickly cutesy staging ideas overwhelm the text…When they stick to the business of performing the script, the cast is effective…But too much of the time you see the members of the company practically squeezing their own hands in congratulations over their own cleverness."
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December 3rd, 2014

“Using a cast of ten versatile actors (playing 17 roles) under the brilliant and ingenious direction of artistic director Eric Tucker, the minimalist production contains all of the key scenes of the book while at the same time skillfully delineating the social fabric of the times. You may never have guessed how funny this story really is. Kate Hamill’s marvelous play is one of the finest stage adaptations of a literary classic. Our Jane would have expressed her approval.”
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February 5th, 2016

"It may have taken 'Downton Abbey' to make aristocratic costume drama accessible and mainstream, but it took the Bedlam Theatre Company to turn it into a rip-roaring joyride with their astounding production of 'Sense and Sensibility'...This version is lovingly and skillfully adapted...The only way to truly appreciate the play in its entirety is to see it again. I already have my ticket."
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February 11th, 2016

"You won't find another show in Manhattan at any price, that will immerse you this completely in what's happening on stage…An array of stylized, campy theatrical devices are for the most part ingeniously inventive rather than excessively gimmicky...The rolled on sets do tend to get a bit too much of a good thing around the two hour mark...That said this is one of the most amusing, original theatrical entertainments now running anywhere in Manhattan."
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February 9th, 2016

"Bedlam’s 'Sense and Sensibility' is transformative theatre, groundbreaking theatre, immersive theatre, theatre not to be missed...This classic is now not only accessible to the present but relevant to this twenty-first century’s attempts to understand not only the vicissitudes of love but also its penchant for accumulating wealth and power."
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February 8th, 2016

"The theatre’s limitations might be thought a serious drawback when grappling with such works, but, under Eric Tucker’s inspired direction, Bedlam’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ manages to encapsulate the heart of Austen’s story, and enrapture its audience with equal shares of laughter and tears...Their vision enhances rather than gets in the way of a wonderful story and characters, demonstrating how effectively material conceived for another medium can be brilliantly transposed to the theatre."
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April 12th, 2016

"Kate Hamill’s ingenious adaptation offers sheer delight with its creative stagecraft, lively exuberance, clever storytelling and fine acting. The talented cast of ten, some doubling and even tripling roles, vividly bring Austen’s characters to life. Andrus Nichols has the right gravitas for Elinor Dashwood and Hamill is appropriately overwrought as her sister Marianne...Director Eric Tucker deftly keeps everything under control. It all makes for a very enjoyable experience. "
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November 21st, 2014

"This 'Sense and Sensibility' gets the humor and certainly the gossipy, unforgiving world of high society to a 't.' Its staging is -with that glaring exception- impeccable and truly inventive. It's worthy of a much longer run on a bigger stage and it ranks as one of the best shows of the year. But it does not move you nearly as much as the novel does and a great adaptation should. Still, it's only a few tweaks and perhaps a switch in casting away."
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February 4th, 2016

"For sheer, exuberant theatricality, head down to the Bedlam production…'Sense & Sensibility' is blissfully delightful…Having the director off-stage, directing--as opposed to on-stage, directing-while-acting--seems to have enhanced the pacing and heightened the dizziness, which adds just that much more to the evening…'Sense & Sensibility' is wildly enjoyable, wildly inventive and wildly funny."
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March 16th, 2016

"I don't usually count myself among the Austen lovers but the Bedlam theater company's delightfully inventive production may make a convert out of me...The entire 10-member cast is terrific and yet first among equals in this production, adapted by Kate Hamill and directed by artistic director Eric Tucker, were Andrus Nichols as the most responsible of the husband-seeking Dashwood sisters and Jason O'Connell as the object of her desire. I want to see them in whatever they want to do."
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February 5th, 2016

"Bedlam’s terrific staging of 'Sense & Sensibility' is everything great about reading an Austen novel: wry, sharp-witted, engaging, intimate, and often hysterical. It’s also imaginative in such a way that seems to recreate how readers might actually picture the story in their heads...The company’s stagecraft is whimsy, dynamic, and refreshingly lo-fi. The physical production also manages to capture swells of intense feeling — like heartbreak and betrayal — by doing a lot with very little."
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February 5th, 2016

"An invigorating production that artfully blends words and movement...What's most exciting though, is not that the staging is great, down-to-earth fun. It's that it's all in the service of theater's prime mission: storytelling...In an exemplary adaptation by Kate Hamill Austen's story is related with shining clarity, and with such great humor that, when you find yourself emotionally touched at the end, you're not quite sure how that potent feeling snuck up on you."
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February 4th, 2016

"The Bedlam Theatre Company's radical, experimental, hilarious, lovable and altogether excellent adaptation for the stage. It's Downton Abbey on roller skates, a rock-n-roll minuet, complete with curls and caps and corsets. Bedlam Theatre, an off-Broadway powerhouse, is a collective of actors of such finesse, such flexibility, such charm, such precision, as to just about redefine ensemble...'Sense and Sensibility' provides a splendid evening in the theater."
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February 10th, 2016

"The show is very smartly adapted and directed for a cast of ten versatile actors. Obviously, I already love the story and it is being told her very well. Most of the actors play more than one role and they do so beautifully. Each character is perfectly delineated and shows so many of the foibles that Austen captured so well. Everyone had the opportunity to make me laugh and everyone had the opportunity to make me cry."
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February 6th, 2016

"This high octane take-no-prisoners production is a fun, inviting show that is artfully done, and well, sensible…This production has done a brilliant job of turning an otherwise quiet love story into an amped up music video with relatable twists and turns...It has passion, intrigue, and bravado enough for ten Austen plays. Eric Tucker has done a brilliant job of staging this piece in the round...Kate Hamill’s interpretation and doubling of the roles works to perfection."
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February 2nd, 2016

"At its heart is the brilliant distillation of Jane Austen’s novel by Kate Hamill, as well as the dynamic inventiveness of its director, Eric Tucker, and the ten-actor cast...What is remarkable in this swirling production is that the adaptation is loyal to Austen’s dialogue, sculpting it out of the narrative while at the same time leaving space for the subtext to flourish through action…This is the theatrical genius of the Bedlam production: actors are characters, delightful caricatures, set pieces, barking hounds."
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February 29th, 2016

"Adapted by Kate Hamill and performed by the Bedlam troupe, it’s infused with a bewildering amount of humor and pathos, with just enough fourth wall breakage to keep you on your toes. The specificity of the performers is unmatched by their peer ensembles."
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February 9th, 2016

"It's impossible to distinguish between this inventive production and the story itself. So seamlessly intertwined are the two that in spite of his minimal, cost-conscience staging, Tucker literally spins his characters across the stage that enables the show to take flight....makes us feel as if this delightfully absurd presentation was the only possible way in which this tale could ever be served up."
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February 6th, 2016

"There’s joy unbounded for fans of Jane Austen…Her novels don’t easily transpose to the stage or to film, but writer Kate Hamill has succeeded gloriously with a sprightly adaptation…And action there is but the story isn’t half of this glorious, uproarious production by Bedlam. From the very beginning you know you’re in good, inventive, skilled hands…The story is told with graceful movement and emotional clarity. The acting is generally first-rate."
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