I have a confession. I have never read the book or watched the whole entire movie “Pride and Prejudice.” I knew there was someone named Darcy and that I fully didn’t understand the story when I would catch clips of the movie on tv.
I knew there were some daughters central to the theme of the story and some love interests but that was the extent of my knowledge
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park helped me finally understand the story.
It started with my program which gave a helpful guide to educate how the relationships of the characters intertwined.
Ok, maybe the program made it a little more confusing but I came to the play with an open mind.
Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, comes to life in the Playhouse’s lavish, full-scale production on the Robert S. Marx Theatre stage.Pride and Prejudice includes all of the fun, secondary characters that support the love story of headstrong, independent Elizabeth Bennet and arrogant but noble Mr. Darcy, creating a fully realized portrait of Jane Austen’s timeless tale. Pride and Prejudice is suitable for general audiences. Because of the full-length nature of the play, it is recommended for ages 10 and up.
While the full-scale production is lavish, the story itself is simple: Girl meets boy. Girl loathes boy. Girl and boy fall in love. But for the headstrong and independent Elizabeth Bennet and the arrogant but noble Mr. Darcy, the journey to happily ever after is far from effortless. As they navigate the rocky road of manners and matrimony, audiences, too, will fall in love with the wit, warmth and wisdom of Austen’s timeless tale.
I wish I had known this description earlier. I think that would have made the movie click more when I saw clips of it on tv.
My friend helped me understand a few pieces of the puzzle by supplying information about the culture during that time. Like why the wife kept on calling her husband Mr. Bennett when she talked to him.
There are a few other details you should notice when you attend the play. There are 39 paintings on the back wall and 12 of those paintings were reproduced from originals in the collections of two local museums. The Cincinnati Art Museum and The Taft Museum of Art.
I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the play. I think Jane Austin fans will really enjoy it too.
Tickets for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE range from $30 to $80, depending on seat location.
Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices.
Teen and student tickets are $25 each.
Previews are at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8; 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 9; 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11; and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12.
The official opening night is Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m.
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays,
8 p.m.Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays.
In honor of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’S British lineage, Playhouse audiences are invited to indulge in a classic afternoon tea by BonBonerie, which will be served before each 4 p.m. Saturday matinee. The cost is $20 per person, and space is limited; to make a reservation, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.
Free post-show Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with cast members and others associated with the production will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30; and 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3.
Tickets to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE are on sale now. For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.
Playhouse in the Park is located at 962 Mt Adams Cir, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.