4 Stars (out of 4) – Anthony Chase, The Buffalo News – “Jane Austen through a kaleidoscope”

By Anthony Chase, Published January 19, 2019, Updated January 19, 2019

Jane Austen’s 1811 novel, “Sense and Sensibility,” spins across the stage with playful effervescence in Kate Hamill’s adaptation, now being performed at the Irish Classical Theatre Company … a whirlwind of contemporary theatricality … this may be Jane Austen, but you are free to laugh with hearty abandon.

“Sense and Sensibility” is the sprawling story of sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne Dashwood … their father unexpectedly dies, leaving the family with precarious finances …

In typical Jane Austen fashion, the prosperity of these charming young women is now dependent upon making advantageous marriages … the hallmark of Jane Austen.  We are treated to Jane Austen as seen through a kaleidoscope of twirling images …

The production creates the illusion that everything we see is being invented spontaneously. Rainy weather is created with snapping fingers and patting of the actors’ hands against their bodies. Actors become dogs and horses; gardens and forests. … This lightness of tone permeates the production …

Kristen Tripp Kelley and Renee Landrigan are exquisite (as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood) … the central love story is really between these two sisters. The Misses Kelley and Landrigan are palpably charismatic …

Typically a leading lady, here Kate LoConti Alcocer sheds her accustomed glamor, dignity, and smoldering sexuality to play detestable Fanny Ferrars Dashwood and fortune-hunting Lucy Steele. These cartoon creations are delightful fun.

The suitors … are marvelous. … Each suffers beautifully for love … (Ben Michael) Moran, Anthony Alcocer and Brendan Didio are perfection …

Completing the ensemble of 10 are two of Buffalo’s most skillful character actors, Josephine Hogan and David Lundy … adding marvelous humor and affection to this very lovable show.

Fast-paced and irresistibly appealing, “Sense and Sensibility” provides a luxurious evening of humor and romance.

THEATER REVIEW

Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” by Irish Classical Theatre

4 stars (out of four)

Read full review @ https://buffalonews.com/2019/01/19/anthony-chase-irish-classicals-sense-sensibility-is-jane-austen-through-a-kaleidoscope/