Sense & Sensibility OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 4, 2016
    Closing:
    April 10, 2016

    Theater: The Gym at Judson / 243 Thompson Street, New York, NY, 10012

    Synopsis: 

    You’ve never seen Austen like this! Called the “greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history”, this ingeniously-staged new adaptation follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters - sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne - after their sudden loss of fortune. Bursting with humor & emotion, "Sense and Sensibility" asks: when reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sense & Sensibility

    A Whirlwind of Delicious Gossip in ‘Sense & Sensibility’

    Ben Brantley

    February 4, 2016: Pray do not be alarmed, gentle readers, but I am here to tell you that Jane Austen has been pumped full of helium. Now you might think that the injection of such an alien element would warp, if not altogether explode, that fabled “little bit (two inches wide) of ivory” on which Austen said she worked. Yet the Bedlam theater company’s version of her “Sense & Sensibility,” which opened on Thursday night at the Gym at Judson, expands and magnifies Austen’s delicate comic worldview without cracking a single teacup. First presented for a short run in repertory in 2014, this enchanting romp of a play has returned on its own, with a few adjustments, but with its buoyant spirits, cunning stagecraft and enlivening insights intact. As adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill and directed by Eric Tucker, “Sense & Sensibility” might be described as Jane Austen for those who don’t usually like Jane Austen, finding her work too reserved for lively entertainment. Yet I would imagine that even fanatical Janeites, as her most devoted admirers are known, will not take offense, once they get used to this production’s audaciously high energy level.

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