If you are looking for some uplifting, festive theatre then look no further. Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon can best be described as cute and heartwarming and is a nice introduction to the holiday season. Sticking with the holiday theme nothing gets too heavy and the conflicts that crop up are dealt with in a humorous manner.
Jane Austen fans will surely be pleased with this sequel for it hits a lot of the familiar Jane Austen plot beats, and there are a lot of call backs to the original source material which is always a treat. Also, the set of this production is amazing and definitely adds to the festive elements of the story.
My main critique is that it's a bit on the long side and some of the scenes could have been tightened up, but overall, it’s a performance that I believe most can enjoy.
This pleasant Jane Austen sequel will surely make you smile and sometimes you just need entertainment like that.
Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley runs till Dec. 30th 2018 at the Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island Stage. Tickets at: https://secure.artsclub.com/events/detail/miss-bennet-christmas
~ reviewed by Jenna Masuhara
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