The 5th Avenue Theatre Downtown
Recommended by Christopher Frizzelle
In a shifting, sliding world, there are a few things you can count on: Money makes people monsters, men think they know everything, and somewhere right now another adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is being produced. The latest is a musical developed at 5th Avenue Theatre that combines the story within the novel with the story of writing the novel. It's called Austen's Pride, and the main character is Jane Austen. As she imagines the story, the events of the novel play out around her, and it works. Austen's Pride has one of the best Darcys I've ever seen. Steven Good can step on my neck any time he wants. And Olivia Hernandez, who plays Elizabeth Bennet, is a spectacularly gifted actor and singer who's able to command the transformation from skeptic to foe to love interest to wife without breaking a sweat. But... in general, the music (written by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs) leaves a lot to be desired.