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When: Fridays-Sundays and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 8 2012

I didn't realize how much PBS's wildly popular Downton Abbey owes to Jane Austen's 1813 novel until I saw this adaptation from Lifeline Theatre. There's the doltish bachelor cousin who stands to inherit an estate, the gaggle of marriageable daughters, and the heroine whose path to a profitable union is blocked by just one thing—her stubborn notion that one should marry for love (or, at least, attraction). Elise Kauzlaric directs a sumptuous, well-honed production, and Christina Calvit's script closely follows the source while tightening Austen's already narrow focus on protagonist Elizabeth (expertly played by Laura McClain). The one complaint Downton fans might bring to Austen is that her narrative excludes the lower classes, a failing that's amplified here by cartoonish portrayals of some of the slightly less refined characters —Keith Griffith

Price: $20-$35

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