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Jane Austen with her evil sense of humor should be in heaven and laugh at the attention her work continues to earn. Modern adaptations of Austen’s books, from “Fools” to “Brides and Prejudices,” constantly draw attention to her views on love.
In Austen’s eyes, romance is much sweeter when it comes to money and great real estate. After all, according to “Pride and Prejudice,” it is a universally accepted truth that a single man who is rich should have a wife.
Melbourne Civic Theater presents a different look at Austin with Kate Hamill’s adaptation of “Mind and Sensitivity,” which opens May 20.
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Hamil’s band through English country manners attracts a chorus of “gossip” actors who play multiple roles and even serve to move scenery. Set on wheels produced by MCT.
“This version of the show is unique in that the production is different from what anyone has seen in the Austen film adaptation,” said director Peg Girard.
“This is not your standard boxing set. Gossip on stage watching the action, sometimes moving furniture. Horses and dogs are watching through the windows. “
In this show, as you know, the scenery is thrown around the stage and revolved around the stage, and the actors in danger are still tied to them. This is not Austin your great-great-great-great-grandmother.
The premiere of the film adaptation of Hamil – her first full-length play – took place in New York at the Shin Center in Manhattan in 2014. The play, received both by renters and by critics, has since been received by professional theaters throughout the United States.
The original bones of the Regency era remain in this story of Sisters Dashwood Elinor and Marianne as they move through the turbulent waters of class, money and reputation when their father dies suddenly, disrupting their comfortable existence from the upper class.
A little humor and a lot of richness carry the tale into the 21st century, while paying homage to the author and the people who created it. Humorous and theatrically sound staging still provides great emotional depth.
Starring Bobby Lettman as Elinor and Natalie Jones as Mariana. Adona Niosi, Daniel San Ramon, Sarah Lawrence, Rachel Grash, CJ Ward, Adam Lightfoot, Sonny Jackson, Anna Grace Cornell and Stephen Mogell play several supporting roles.
Alan Selby is a decor and lighting designer and technical director, and Wendy Reeder is a sound designer. Linda Lindsay is an artist, and her hair and wigs were designed by Jessica Foix.
Of course, if it’s Austin, then there must be a ball somewhere. And there is, choreographed by Heather McFarland.
Indifferent fans of Jane Austen and neophytes will be delighted with this unique “Mind and Sensitivity”, which the New York Times called “a rich, cheerful look at Austin.”
“Mind and Sensuality” is a comedy, so come and enjoy …. don’t be afraid! said Girard.
When you go
“Mind and Sensitivity”
Where: Melbourne Civic Theater, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne
When: 20:00 Friday and Saturday and 14:00 Sunday to 26 June. Saturday morning was added on June 11th.
Tickets: $ 30
On the Internet: mymct.org
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