What to stream this weekend: Cygnet’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’
For one weekend only, Cygnet Theatre makes it 2019 version of “Pride and Prejudice” available to stream
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My pick: Cygnet Theatre’s “Pride and Prejudice”
Not for Lady Catherine de Bourgh types: This weekend, Cygnet makes it version of “Pride and Prejudice” available to stream. But be warned: this is not, by any means, a traditional staging of Jane Austen’s classic. Written by Kate Hamill, this version is a humorous and lively adaptation told through a modern lens — including the use of pop music. Lady Catherine definitely would not approve.
Elizabeth + Darcy forever: Though “Pride and Prejudice” is essentially a love story between the free-sprited Elizabeth Bennet and the uptight Mr. Darcy, it’s also a play about propriety, family and social class. In the book, these topics are explored over hundreds of pages. On stage it’s condensed into a dizzying two acts, combined with a modern feminist perspective. But never fear, Elizabeth and Darcy still live happily ever after and the Bennet family doesn’t die penniless.
More chaotic than Mrs. Bennet: This play has a cast of only eight which means the actors play multiple characters — Sweet Mr. Bingley, for example, doubles as the always-ignored Mary Bennet. Also? They change costume on stage, sometimes as they speak. It’s definitely chaotic, but it also infuses a hyperactive energy into a traditionally slow-moving story.
As good as Pemberley Estate: I saw this play when it was first staged in 2019 and it was one of my favorite productions of the year.
Watch it: “Pride and Prejudice” is available as a 48-hour rental for $20. Today
is the final day to purchase at cygnettheatre.com.
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