Sophia Franzella


A Regency Period Play Without the Dullness

The latest Village play opens with a body dropping and a funeral, and thus starts a dynamic and fun rendition of a Jane Austen classic. Sense and Sensibility stands out from other period dramas because of its lively, modern and witty nature. From extravagant costumes to exciting musical sequences, this production doesn’t let itself get dull. Written originally in 1811 by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility is about the Dashwood sisters, who become financially destitute after their father’s passing. Through this, they grow and learn about love and its unfortunate companions in late 18th century England: social pressures, gender roles, and a system that allows men to take advantage of women without consequence.


Not / Our Town: New or Old Play?

Most people probably know Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, winner of a Pulitzer, a Tony, and a Drama Desk award. With thousands of productions from high school theatre to Broadway, it even has a street in New Hampshire dedicated to it. If you don’t know it, don’t worry, you can still watch Pony World Theatre’s production without a hitch, as it sets up its audience with a summary of the original Our Town before diving into their rendition. Wilder’s play takes place in the small town of New Hampshire, Grover’s Corners, where nothing really happens in the relative peacefulness of the early 1900s. As such, the play is about community and small towns and appreciating even the uneventful in life.

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