Jane Austen died 201 years ago, but her 1813 romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice remains popular as ever. Kate Hamill’s recent stage rewrite ups the frivolity, with most actors playing multiple roles and half of them changing in and out of drag on stage. Musically, there’s an unexpectedly heavy reliance in the first act on those almost oldies from the eighties and early nineties: Europe’s epic “The Final Countdown” plays as the four unmarried sisters line up for appraisal by the bachelors at a ball; awkward Mr. Darcy (Rachael Warren) makes his first entrance by walking over to the piano and playing Radiohead’s “Creep”. None of it particularly adds up to much, but at least it’s fun to watch, particularly Janice Duclos and Richard Donelly as the harried Bennet parents (and, in Donelly’s case, the homely friend Charlotte Lucas).
Note: The October 17 performances are open captioned.
photo: Mark Turek