Friday April 18, 2014 / 7:30pmEmma
How was your experience?
Loved the continually morphing and realigning Rubik's Cube of a set which perfectly mirrored the endlessly shifting romantic entanglements of the cast. In terms of the acting, the women in the play are especially on-point, the actress playing Harriet charmingly and rather uncannily channeling a young Reese Witherspoon while a deliciously tawdry Mrs. Elton dominates the second act. Megan Delay busts out a set of pipes I don't think anybody in the audience saw coming for Jane Fairfax's famous pianoforte duel with Emma and as Emma herself, Heather Chrisler captured the heroine's tricky blend of snobbery and sympathy perfectly. Of course, the real question in Emma is "when she finally lands her betrothed, do you feel it?" When Ms. Chrisler finally heard her suitor's proposal and threw herself on him with an ardor and earnestness we did not know her capable of, I felt it indeed. The play was lovely as is at the preview I attended, but grading on a curve as the show will only improve for opening I give this one five stars. Now to go decide if I want to immediately reread the novel or watch Clueless first...