Sense and Sensibility – Guthrie Theater – Minneapolis

Alejandra Escalante (Marianne Dashwood), Jolly Abraham (Elinor Dashwood), Kris L. Nelson (John Dashwood) and the cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen and directed by Sarah Rasmussen. Scenic design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, costume design by Moria Sine Clinton, lighting design by Charlie Morrison. September 10 – October 29, 2016 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. Photo by Dan Norman.

I’ve never attended a play where the audience was on their feet clapping as the show ended even before curtain call. I’ve also never witnessed the audience acting as a whole, everyone standing at the same time. It was incredible.

Sense: any of the faculties by which the mind receives information about the external world or about the state of the body.

Sensibility: awareness of and responsiveness toward something

It’s funny how we think things have changed so much since the 1790s and yet how much has stayed the same. Sense and Sensibility is as significant now as it was then. I think especially for women and how they navigate their feelings and actions. Also in our social media world, how appearance and how people perceive you can be everything.

Sense and Sensibility is about two girls and how their lives are turned upside down after their father dies. How will they ever find love without a home or any fortune? Love comes and love goes and eventually the girls learn to appreciate each other’s differences and how to find love. It’s a beautiful story of family and of love.

Kate Hamill did an amazing job writing this adaptation and with the direction of Sarah Rasmussen, the show shines. You can also feel the shift with new Artistic Director Joseph Haj at the Guthrie Theater. It’s hard to put your finger on it but there is definitely something wonderful happening!

See Sense and Sensibility now through October 29, 2016. Click HERE for all details.

Guthrie Theater
818 South Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612.377.2224

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