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The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies Of Society (FringeNYC)
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The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies Of Society (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(8 Reviews)
Positive
63%
Mixed
25%
Negative
12%
Members say
Ambitious, Absorbing, Resonant, Slow, Delightful

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: Sisters Frances and Meg Cheatham are ready to be married off. But sin, scandal, and secrets threaten to unravel their lives and throw them into a world of disgrace. What's a Victorian debutante to do?

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Member Reviews (8)

73
Slow, Original, Scattered, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some fine acting from Ms. Shaw, Ms. Dyer and Mr. Sibley or if you are a fan of Victorian theatre or themes of the period

Don't see it if an inconsistent and long script in need of a workshop will bother you along with some sound design that covered up dialogue at points

55
Insipid, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if Some tender acting, but some terrible accents is enough for you.

Don't see it if An intriguing plot idea ruined by some truly boring and frequently out of period dialogue, set in England for no discernible reason

Critic Reviews (3)

August 22nd, 2016

“It's an interesting decision to lose the structure of Victorian language, and while it could transport the antiquated ideas of feminine ownership to our modern-day, not-quite-so feminist society, the contrast is instead very abrupt and unexpected...Dyer and Hutchinson-Shaw are captivating as siblings...Hutchinson-Shaw's Frances is cold and shrewd...It's hard to feel sympathy for the sister that wants everything but is willing to get it at the expense of the sister that only wants to be happy.”
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August 26th, 2016

"The Lifetime equivalent of a drawing room play...Thanks to a strong cast, the play remains very watchable even when the plot starts to go off the rails, or when modern cracks appear in the faux-Victorian script…Gamo's direction keeps the play moving at a brisk, urgent pace…The intricate plot could benefit from some finessing, but this robust production and the particularly powerful performances of its cast are likely to keep audiences intrigued."
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August 15th, 2016

"What seems at first to be a light-hearted comedy of manners in the style of Jane Austen’s 'Sense and Sensibility' soon becomes dramatically dark, in a story filled with pain, thwarted love, and unfulfilled lives...While the script has the makings of a compelling narrative, the current production is in need of more rehearsal time and a less slipshod design...The uneven ensemble was inconsistent in its British accents and noticeably stumbled over several lines."
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