‘Sense & Sensibility’ @ Actors Theatre

Aug. 30-Sept. 24

Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W. Main St. • 584-1205
$24-$59; various times

Actors Theatre celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s first novel, “Sense & Sensibility,” with founding artistic director Jon Jory’s adaptation of the classic comic tale of romance and redemption. The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, find themselves left in “reduced circumstances” (that’s British for broke) after their father dies and his estate passes to their half-brother. With their mother and little sister, they hole up in genteel poverty in the country and try to make the best of their reduced marriage prospects, and of course shenanigans ensue thanks to their wildly divergent approaches to love and romance. Jory’s 2008 production of “Pride & Prejudice” at Actors was a delightful success, which bodes well for this adaptation. If your only exposure to this particular Austen is the Ben H. Winters parody “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” you might want to see how things play out without the interference of the Devonshire Fang-Beast. —Erin Keane

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