Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 24 2016

Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, this world premiere from Northlight Theatre picks up two years after the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and centers on another Bennet sister, bookish and solitary Mary, played with caustic wit by a sharp Emily Berman. Get past the uneven English accents and the very audacity of a Austen sequel and it’s a sweet, romantic holiday story in which two intellectuals move from traveling the world via maps and a magnifying glass into the unexpected adventure of falling in love. Erik Hellman is a bumblingly appropriate foil for Mary as Arthur de Bourgh (son of the novel's snobbish Lady Catherine), who pulls out a notebook of canned responses whenever nervous and at a loss for words. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15-$81

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