Delight and Prejudice (2022) is Hilarious!

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Aquila TheatreDelight and Prejudice (The 2022-2023 U.S. Tour) is hilarious and a must-see manufacturing for any Jane Austen fan!

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Think about a manufacturing of Delight and Prejudice that includes 6 actors – many who’re performing not two however generally three roles exceptionally properly. And with a contemporary twist, regardless of the faithfulness to Jane Austen’s authentic story, that might make this a really satisfying manufacturing to take any fan of farce and satire.

The Solid of Aquila Theatre’s Delight and Prejudice

Leda Douglas Aquila Theatre
(c) Leda Douglas

Main the 6 particular person solid is British actress Leda Douglas (she/her) as Elizabeth Bennet. She is a graduate of The Oxford College of Drama (different well-known alumni embrace Claire Foy, Catherine McCormack, and Charity Wakefield) and has carried out on the Nationwide Theatre and SOHO Theatre in London’s West Finish. This gifted actress seems to take her cue from Keira Knightley’s 2005 tomboyish portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet. She nearly instantly from the start tosses her legs up on the desk within the Bennet reception room and never a lot later into the primary act she is seen working round and hitting a birdie whereas enjoying badminton with Elizabeth Belfast (Charlotte Lucas).

However it isn’t the selection she makes to painting Lizzie as a tomboy however relatively her sparkle and wit that captivates the viewers. Typically breaking the fourth wall, Leda’s Lizzie Bennet enjoys making apart remarks to the viewers whereas additionally taking delight and pleasure out of her scenes with co-stars comparable to James Counihan (Mr. Collins) and James Lavender (Mrs. Bennet).

Within the main male function of Mr. Darcy is actor Conner Keef, who additionally performs the function of Mr. Bennet. Keef is a New York based mostly actor who has beforehand carried out with Aquila Theatre in Macbeth. Their potential to painting each characters so in another way is to be congratulated. They use a mix of bodily appearing and a properly positioned wig to distinguish the 2 characters. In actual fact, they did such an awesome job with the portrayal of two drastically totally different characters got here as a shock to many viewers members on the finish of the present once I heard whispers round me of shock once they realized it was the identical actor.

Giving a riotous efficiency within the twin roles of Mrs. Bennet and Girl Catherine de Bourgh is the distinctive James Lavender who may need stolen the present each time he took to the stage. I can solely think about how hilarious his efficiency as Mrs. Jennings may need been in Aquila Theatre’s Sense and Sensibility. James is definitely a comic of the primary order! There have been so many occasions that James had the viewers laughing out loud and eager for an increasing number of stage time. I’m unsure if he’s a singer but when so, James must be the subsequent The D’Ysquith Household in A Gentleman’s Information to Love and Homicide!

James Counihan (official web site) is the third and remaining actor within the tour enjoying to perfection the roles of Mary Bennet, Charles Bingley, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Wickham. From the second James sashayed onto the stage dressed as Mary Bennet, i knew this was going to be a great present. His comedic timing was first charge and he did a wonderful job of separating every function in order that when he was on stage in one of many various roles, you knew he was 100% dedicated to the function. With out ruining the present for you guys, it was his fast change between the roles of Mary, Bingley, and Wickham on the finish that had the viewers cackling with laughter.

Rounding out the solid are Katie Housley (Jane Bennet/Miss Bingley/Anne de Bourgh) and Elizabeth Belfast (Lydia Bennet/Charlotte Lucas/Georgiana Darcy). Main props to Elizabeth who appeared to have difficulties together with her microphone and but by no means as soon as did she break character or appear distracted. As an alternative she expertly plowed by way of with the efficiency as if nothing was amiss.

Katie Housley is a Canadian stage and display actress whose play, Midnight on a Monday, received the Playwrights Guild of Canada/Toronto Fringe Pageant’s 24 hour playwriting contest earlier than receiving its world premiere at New York’s WorkShop Theatre as a part of the Midtown Worldwide Theatre Pageant the place it went on to obtain a nomination for Finest Brief Topic. Very spectacular! And her performances reverse Conner Keef as a flirtatious Caroline Bingley and Anne de Bourgh have been hilarious!

Elizabeth Belfast just isn’t solely attractive but additionally sparkles as youngest sister, Lydia Bennet, in her chemistry with sisters Katie Housley, Leda Douglas, and James Counihan. The choice to have her play the “plain” Charlotte Lucas nevertheless was a shock since she might simply be thought-about essentially the most stunning actress within the firm. She nevertheless did an awesome job making Charlotte her personal and giving her a sympathetic bent throughout Lizzie’s go to to Rosings.

What’s the Aquila Theatre?

As soon as once more Irvine Barclay Theatre led me to a superb theatre firm. Final 12 months I used to be thrilled to find Fellowship for the Performing Arts and this 12 months I’m now an official fan of Aquila Theatre because of their witty manufacturing of Jane Austen’s Delight and Prejudice.

Aquila Theatre is without doubt one of the foremost producers of classical theatre in the USA and has been bringing audiences world-class actors, charming designs, modern diversifications, and impactful course since 1991. Aquila Theatre additionally supplies intensive academic choices and is an award-winning chief within the subject of public arts and humanities programming. Aquila Theatre’s mission is to create modern interpretations of the classics for in the present day’s audiences. By diversifying the classics and increasing the canon, Aquila seeks to boost the plurality of our views.

Along with producing Delight and Prejudice through the 2022-2023 season, they’re additionally performing Julius Caesar with the identical solid throughout the USA.

Aquila Theatre 2022-2023 Tour Schedule

Delight and Prejudice Tour Dates

October 9 – McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, California

October 14 – Sundown Cultural Middle, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

October 18 – Gallo Middle for the Arts, Modesto, California

October 19 – The Middle for the Arts, Grass Valley, California

October 23 – Popejoy Corridor, Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 27 – Walton Arts Middle, Fayetteville, Arkansas

October 29 – The Grand 1894 Opera Home, Galveston, Texas

November 5 – Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, St. Joseph, Minnesota

November 10 – Loeb Playhouse (Stewart Middle), West Lafayette, Indiana

November 13 – EKU Middle for the Arts, Richmond, Kentucky

January 13 – Invoice Heard Theatre – River Middle for the Performing Arts, Columbus, Georgia

January 22 – Rinker Playhouse – Kravis Middle, West Palm Seashore, Florida

January 27 – College of GA – Performing Arts Middle, Athens, Georgia

February 3 – Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, North Carolina

February 12 – Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

February 24 – Tulsa Performing Arts Middle, Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 25 – Leach Theater – Castleman Corridor, Rolla, Missouri

March 3 – DeBartolo Performing Arts Middle, Notre Dame, Indiana

March 7 – Clark State Performing Arts Middle, Springfield, Ohio

The touring solid can also be performing in Julius Caesar too. For all dates and tickets go to the Aquila Theatre official website.

The Julius Caesar Solid:

  • Elizabeth Belfast (Calpurnia, Cinna, Octavius, Ensemble)
  • James Counihan (Marc Anthony, Cimber, Clitus, Ensemble)
  • Leda Douglas (Casca, Portia, Lucilius, Ensemble)
  • Katie Housley (Brutus, Ensemble)
  • Conner Keef (Caesar, Cicero, Cinna the Poet, Lepidus, Messala, Ensemble)
  • James Lavender (Cassius, Artemidorus, Ensemble)

Future Exhibits Coming to Irvine Barclay Theatre

Involved in supporting the Irvine Barclay Theatre and attending to discover world class leisure? Go to my record of upcoming reveals for the 2022-2023 season.

Thanks once more to Irvine Barclay for the tickets to see Delight and Prejudice. All opinions are my very own.

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