‘Pride and Prejudice’ Review

Simon Reade’s stage adaption of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ brings Jane Austin’s classic novel to life here in Montclair, N.J.

Pride and Prejudice was phenomenal!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Schieder

Peak Performances continues to bring the Alexander Kasser Theater and Montclair community affordable, yet professional quality shows with Pride and Prejudice, directed by Susan Kerner. Fans of the classic novel are sure to be delighted by the performances of the students from Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

“[Kerner] is so passionate about her art and her students, I always enjoy her classes,” said Montclair State University student, Gabrielle Napolitano.

Kerner is a professor at Montclair State University for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has a great deal of experience, having directed shows throughout the country and in various famous cities worldwide. Kerner is also a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, which is a director’s union.

Pride and Prejudice is set during the nineteenth century in England. The story begins with Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and their five daughters who are ready to marry. A very rich Mr. Bingley moves into town with his friend, Mr. Darcy. The eldest daughter, Jane seems to form a connection with Mr. Bingley while Elizabeth, who is next in line, tends to clash personalities with Darcy.

The cast seemed to be immensely dedicated in their characterization. A particular aspect of Pride and Prejudice that set the show high above audience members’ standards was the dialect. All actors and actresses spoke with quality accents fitting the time period and the setting. The conversations sounded very natural, and being that this was a straight play and not a musical, the dialogue is what carried the show. Aside from this, the costumes and scenery added to the overall journey back in time. Kerner was certainly up for the challenge when she took on this period piece, as it was very well done in all aspects.

“The talent at this school is always phenomenal,” said audience member Maurel Thom.

pride and prejudice
Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Napolitano

This performance was both inspiring and comedic. Peak Performances never fails in bringing life to the stage and catharsis to the audience. Audience members were taken on a journey back in time to nineteenth century, England while witnessing a famous story unfold, right in front of their eyes. With the easily accessible location of the Alexander Kasser Theater, professional performances are readily available to members of Montclair and its surrounding communities, as well as to students at Montclair State University. Students also receive one free ticket with their student ID.

More information on upcoming performances is available at www.peaksperfs.org.

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