Review by Melinda Miller
The first rule when creating a sequel to a classic story that has been beloved for 200 years is to do no harm. The second is to continue the lives of the characters in a way that is true to form and entertaining.
Jane Austen fans can exhale now. "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" is a light and charming morsel, a celebratory sequel to "Pride and Prejudice," with the scholarly spinster sister Mary Bennet taking the spotlight from her now-married elder siblings, Elizabeth Darcy and Jane Bingley. They all are making themselves at home for the holidays in an elegant set on the stage of Shea's 710 Theatre, presented by Road Less Traveled Productions.
Review by Nathan Andrew Miller
The holiday season is upon us, whether we like it or not, and this weekend was a perfect snowy setting to attend “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” presented by Road Less Traveled Productions at Shea’s 710 Theatre. Welcomed immediately into the world of Jane Austen by an inspired set design at the hands of Bethany Kasperek, the atmosphere felt almost anticipatory. Years of readers are familiar with these characters, and Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have breathed new life into the “Pride and Prejudice” heroine and her sisters, two years later.Read More
Review by Ann Marie Cusella
Mary Bennet is having an existential crisis, and she is quite at a loss as to what to do about it. The middle of the five sisters in the Bennet family of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the not-very-attractive one who bores people at parties with facts relating to esoteric subjects of interest only to her, lacerates their ears with her insipid play on the pianoforte, and lacks the social graces that include avoiding acerbic remarks in company.Read More