Kate Hamill’s spirited adaptation is directed by IB’s associate honcho, Michael Underhill, which means: Gossip will run rampant for our entertainment. Misunderstandings will flourish for our pleasure. Dinner dialogue will frolic so rapidly, all we can do is luxuriate in the chaos. Inspired silliness fills every nook and cranny of Hibernian Hall: Up on the raised stage for hilarious dining diversion, down on the floor for utterly charming travel in bumpy, improvised carriages. Old fogies will stutter; Shy lovers will stammer and crowds will smother.
Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company staged an alternately heartbreaking and hilarious version of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility at the Hibernian Hall in revitalized Dudley Square. Directed by Michael Underhill, the outstanding cast featured a healthy dose of regulars from the imaginary beasts theater company (including Maiden founder Erin Butcher, who was terrific as Marianne), and the creative use of boxes on wheels to serve as everything from carriages to parlor furniture was particularly inspired.
"Two things have shaken me out of my habitual anti-Austen attitude, one of them being Whit Stillman's brilliant "Love and Friendship," and the other being Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company's furiously fast and funny production of Kate Hamill's stage adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility," currently raising the roof at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury."
"The cast is uniformly excellent and engaged in making this classic novel live and breathe."
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By Robert Viagas, November 10, 2015
Review by Ian Thal, August 27, 2015