Pride and Prejudice

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By Andrew Andrews

County Players brings the mid-Hudson Valley back into the Falls Theatre with Kate Hamill’s farcical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel of manners.

In case you don’t know the story: Mrs. Bennet tries all-too-desperately to marry off at least one of her many daughters, in hopes of securing an adequate annuity and a male heir to inherit the family estate after the expected death of her indifferent husband.

The oldest daughter, Jane, is eager to find a match in her well-to-do new neighbor Mr. Bingley, but her sister Lizzy wants nothing to do with Bingley’s even-more-eligible friend Mr. Darcy.

While the novel is more subtle in its attack on Regency era society, Hamill’s campy adaptation bars no holds, and the delivery by the County Players feels a bit like watching the story performed by The Munsters or The Aadams Family: Mary Bennet is portrayed as a towering ogre by actor Scott Wooley, and Anne de Bourgh is depicted as a veiled gremlin with a five-word vocabulary.

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Andrew Andrews attended Pride and Prejudice at Falls Theatre in Wappingers Falls on Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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