This community production of Jane Austen‘s Pride & Prejudice by The Footlight Club was chock full of laughter and surprise. I didn’t think there could be anything further to explore with the story considering the 1995 BBC version and 2005 film. But, I was wrong – so absolutely wrong.
As a Jane Austen fan who visited her home in Chawton and visited the British Library just to see her writing desk, I loved the play from beginning to end.
The cast all brought something new to these well-loved, iconic characters. I daresay that I preferred this production’s take on Mary, Mrs. Bennet, and…Mr. Darcy. Because of the focus on comedy, the actors and actresses were able to bring out the more endearing qualities of the characters. This was especially true of Mary, the middle Bennet sister who is often depicted as the third wheel and very one-dimensional – aka, annoying AF. But, in this play, Mary is…pretty cool. She’s definitely in her own world, but isn’t a complete asshole about it.
Along with the wonderful cast, the set was beautiful. That moment when the curtains parted to reveal the sitting room, amazed me. They were able to do so much with that one set. That is skill. Also, I couldn’t stop staring at the flickering lights of the chandelier. I wanted that chandelier and that lighting for my own home
The theater itself is a historic space. It’s America’s oldest community theater and was built not long after the novel was published – kinda makes the experience all the more memorable.
A well-deserved bravo bravo to the cast, crew and all the people who made this possible! Thanks to the husband for finding out about this play just in the nick of time because we caught the very last show on Saturday at 8PM.
Check out The Footlight Club Facebook page for more about the cast & crew – absolutely loved the Q&As and behind-the-scene photos.
(Jamaica Plain neighborhood)
Adapted from the Novel by Jane Austen / Pride and Prejudice By Jane Kendall
Directed by Kristin Hughes
Produced by David J. Rodrigues
Anna Chensny as Elizabeth Bennett
Corey Exline as Jane Bennett
Katie Suchyta as Mary Bennett
Aiden O’Neal as Kitty Bennett
Shannon DeBari as Lydia Bennett
Andrea Giangreco as Mrs. Bennett
Jack Sinnot as Mr. Bennett
David S. Wright Mr. Darcy
Jimi McEvoy as Mr. Bingley
John Knight as Mr. Collins
Lauren Murphy as Ms. Bingley
Allie Meek as Charlotte Lucas
Mary O’Donnell as Lady Catherine
Catherine Verow Quintana as Lady Lucas
Matthew Harker as Mr. Wickham
Paul Campbell as Hill