Already closed | 2h 30m | West Village

Sense & Sensibility

From 432 member  reviews
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. More…

When their wealthy half-brother cheats them of their fortune, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are left penniless. They are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park and relocate to chilly Barton Cottage in Devonshire. But when John Willoughby, a handsome stranger, arrives one day with a rain-drenched Marianne in his arms, the sisters are convinced that their fortunes are changed forever. After a successful January-April 2016 NYC debut, the show is closing briefly and then reopening for an encore run in June 2016.

2h 30m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (432)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting
91
Avg Score

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.

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.

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..

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.

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

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.

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.

89
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Hilarious

See it if U like a new approach to old classics Can keep up with a fast-paced story line Love "Bedlam" theatre company Great physical comedy

Don't see it if U are a stodgy old drama teacher Have a large derrière (small,tight seating) No imagination Are cranky Dislike audience involvement

84
Clever, Entertaining, Original, Quirky

See it if you enjoy creative interpretations and stagings of a classic, with a sense of humor; enjoy good ensemble acting.

Don't see it if See it, but sit in the first row. It can be very difficult to follow the movements of the actors as they travel around the staging area.

95
Delicious and creative., Tremendous theatricality-a unique experience., Sparkling and joyous., Enchanting, entertaining, delightful., Jane austen like you've never imagined.

See it if You want to be enthralled and mesmerized from first moment. Actors play multiple roles with skill and charm. This is very special theater.

Don't see it if You don't like Jane Austen, want traditional/linear, are not open to inventive staging. This is the type of production that changes you.

95
Clever, Delightful, Immersive, Energetic, Great acting and staging

See it if you enjoy immersive intelligent escapism and excellently rendered Jane Austen with anachronistic hilarious touches. I LOVED IT.

Don't see it if you dislike silliness, theater that is dialogue & character driven, or you're uncomfortable w/ actors speaking directly to you, in your lap.

Also NOT TO BE MISSED. Incredible ensemble work, ingenious blocking and set... Read more Read less

94
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

See it if Just go see it. Superbly acted, crafted, staged, all of it. So much fun to watch them move around the space and switch characters.

Don't see it if You don't like theater in the round. My one complaint would be the use of a long room with double sided seating. Rough if you're not center.

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.

95
Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Original, Delightful

See it if you are/aren't an Austenphile. You like seamless transitions, amazing use of small space with ingenious use of minimal staging. Excitement.

Don't see it if you didnt like Hamilton as it is a similar fresh, frantic look at a classic tale. If you need a break to breathe. Oh just go.

78
Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are an Austin fan and you are interested in a well performed and interesting take on this story.

Don't see it if a modernization and creative staging of the story will offend you.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a classic novel revisited in a unique and smile inducing fashion.

Don't see it if annoyed by attempts to fuss with classics.

Also This theater group Bedlam, is much like The Fiasco Group in finding cl... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Delightful, Original

See it if You want to see an inventively staged, beautifully acted and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.

Don't see it if You prefer more conventional treatments of classic novels.

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see pure theater that can only be experienced LIVE!!!!!

Don't see it if you are looking for a PBS -BBC production of this novel.

95
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want to see some of the most creative staging ever! It both serves the play and makes this Jane Austin adaptation fun & accessible.

Don't see it if You don't like Jane Austin. It's iconic Austin.

96
Delightful, Hilarious, Must see, Riveting, Clever

See it if willing to watch a Jane Austen classic Jane upending (sometimes literally) and reinvigorated. I've seldom laughed so hard. Brilliant cast!

Don't see it if you hate hilarity, want a straightforward Austen tale, dislike slight audience interactions, want a fancy stage setting, or never laugh.

86
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You love Jane Austen, or just need a Jane Austen fix. Also, if you love creative staging, clever direction, and good looking cast!

Don't see it if You're Jane Austened out, not in a whimsical mood, or don't want less-than-comfortable seating in a Greenwich Village church auditorium.

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.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if Totally delightful and imaginative.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy new out of the box takes on classics

92
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if You love clever staging with versatile actors

Don't see it if You are easily confused by actors playing multiple roles


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 interven...
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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...
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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 enthusia...
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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 stat...
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