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Theatre Review: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s Pride and Prejudice—until 11.23.19

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on November 18, 2019



Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

Jane Austen is a classic author, with Pride and Prejudice being one of her most well known novels (Emma and Sense and Sensibility are also very widely known). For those who read Austen as a young child, Elizabeth Bennett was probably one of the first literary feminists you read about challenging the world.

A well-known novel turned into multiple movies, most recently in 2005 starring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen, Pride and Prejudice is still one of the greatest love stories ever told. Now is your chance to see it off page and screen and on stage with Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s rendition at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University.

Set in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice centres around the Bennet family, including Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters. Elizabeth, being the second eldest daughter, is a lot less interested in the societal pressures for women her age—finding a husband and acting the way a lady should. When she crosses paths with Mr. Darcy, a man of high standing and wealth, she is less than impressed by his aloof and disinterested manner.

With a simple yet always changing set, well designed lighting cues and a powerful Elizabeth Bennet in Hayley Forbes, we are hopeful that Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s production will introduce the powerful words and storytelling of Jane Austen to an entirely new audience.

A tale of romance, status, and consistent misunderstandings Pride and Prejudice is a timeless story, and Elizabeth is still a pretty inspiring, bad-ass woman, even in the 21st century.

Pride and Prejudice continues at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton University) until Saturday November 23, 2019. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets cost $10–25 online. The show runs about 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission.