Pride and Prejudice
By Andrew Andrews
Although Jane Austen fans expecting historical fiction in the form of a romantic drama will undoubtedly be disappointed in this production, I thoroughly enjoyed the farce, and found it most appropriate for a modern, feminist audience.
It’s clear that the County Players are having a lot of fun with its performance, and most of the audience seemed to be laughing along with me throughout the show.
On a sparse set consisting of rearranged chairs against a background of empty gilded picture frames, the cast leveraged extravagant costumes to effectively divide a plethora of roles across the eight of them.
Although a few of the actors could have clearly used more time to better memorize their lines, my biggest complaint about this show was the behavior of the audience, which seemed to forget their theatre-going manners during their pandemic-induced absence: in addition to the low hum of chatter throughout the performance, I saw people (old enough to know better) playing with their phones, disregarding announcements to take their seats, and even removing their shoes to get comfortable!
The Falls Theatre is just a short Uber ride from Metro North’s New Hamburg station, and at the risk of sounding like Mr. Darcy, I encourage anyone from the city who’s looking for a fun night out to bring some better manners upstate for the County Players’ production of Pride and Prejudice.
The performance might not be quite as entertaining as The Play That Goes Wrong, but it’s certainly a hoot, and worth every penny for the adventure.
Andrew Andrews attended Pride and Prejudice at Falls Theatre in Wappingers Falls on Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.