We read the books; we read the fan fiction; we watched the movies,we own the tattoos and the Band-Aids – or is that only me? Regardless, you get my point – Jane is in all things… And now we have a play!
For my birthday, I was presented with a seat a the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s World Premier production of…
Sense and Sensibility. The Musical.
I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous – Jane Austen on stage? A musical?
I’ll be more honest — even if the play turned out horrid, I knew I would enjoy it on some level and would probably giggle. After all… Jane Austen on stage? A musical?
I am happy to say, I was enchanted and delighted – and, yes, I spent the two hours grinning and giggling.
The cast did an outstanding job; the music was inventive and true to the story and accelerated the emotions beautifully; and the simple staging allowed the talent to carry the show – and they did the job beautifully. And, apparently, I’m not alone in thinking so:
It is not often that a new musical arrives in such pristine form. This could be sent directly to Broadway. Chicago Sun-Times
As you can tell, I’m not a critic. I don’t have any great words at my command like derivative, pedantic, aculeate or histrionic – not that I’d use any of those here. I might use effervescent, poignant, or winsome. But I came to the show with the same emotion and acumen I carry into all of Austen: An adoring fan ready to be enveloped in a wonderful story – and if there’s music, all-the-better. I’ll simply say: “IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!”
I’m not sure about the show’s future or if it’s heading to other cities, but here’s the link to the website if you’d like to check it out. It’s another reminder that the brilliance of Jane Austen is still alive and well – and we knew it first.