New York-based playwright Kate Hamill’s fresh adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility feels like a period piece uniquely aligned to modern mores. Opening the Guthrie Theater’s latest mainstage season, Sense and Sensibility is centered on Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two sisters facing an uncertain future when their father unexpectedly passes away and leaves the family with no fortune. Desperate to re-establish their prospects, the family moves in with a relative, only to find themselves propelled into an ever-shifting social order where romantic matches are subject to public scrutiny and unremitting gossip. The fickle nature of public judgments is all too familiar in our age of social media, but the real surprise may be Hamill’s buoyant script, which shakes off any literary stuffiness and reconfigures the essential storyline into a humorous and spirited presentation. The innovative Sarah Rasmussen (acclaimed artistic director of the Jungle Theater) will be making her directorial debut at the Guthrie, orchestrating a cast headlined by Jolly Abraham and Alejandra Escalante, as well as Remy Auberjonois, and local favorites Torsten Johnson, John Catron, and Sally Wingert. The show is in previews through September 15.