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'Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley' Rich Ryan

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Nov. 20-Dec. 29
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Nov. 24-Dec. 29
2 p.m.
Dec. 23
7:30 p.m.
$40-$50
Holiday, Theater

When Jungle Theater presented Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley during the 2017 holiday season, there was a heightened degree of curiosity. The play is an imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s beloved tale of five sisters balancing social expectations and inner aspirations. Affixing a new appendage to such a revered story demonstrates tremendous audacity, but to succeed with such heartwarming aplomb speaks to the talents of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, playwrights attuned to the nuances of the original text. Set two years later, Miss Bennet finds four of the siblings reunited for the holidays at the estate of eldest sister Elizabeth and her husband, Mr. Darcy. This story, however, focuses on the most overlooked sister, the wickedly smart but painfully introverted Mary, who stumbles upon a potential romance of her own with the equally earnest Arthur de Bourgh. Their bantering dalliance forms the comic core of this crowd-pleasing holiday reprisal that marks the return of director/lead Christina Baldwin and former cast members Sun Mee Chomet, Anna Hickey, and James Rodriguez. Newcomers include Reese Britts, Roshni Desai, Andrea San Miguel, and Jesse LaVercombe.