Play House’s ‘Emma’ is no plain Jane
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It understands that her romantic, early 19thentury novelsturnedplays need to unfold at a steady pace to keep modern audiences onboard; they need to be saturated with extravagant scenery to best embellish the rich and colorful wordplay; and they require fine and polished performances to bring life to Austen’s delightfully textured characters.
The Play House demonstrated this in its magnificent 2008 production of “Pride and Prejudice, Its appreciation of Austen’s work is, again, on display in “Emma, running through March 21. This is a wonderful play, representing Michael Bloom’s world premiere adaptation of the 1815 novel. It is directed with loving care and an eye for detail by Peter Amster.
“Emma” features one of Austen’s most unforgettable heroines a privileged, beautiful and beguilingly mischievous young woman who spends her time finding suitable suitors for her friends without giving much consideration to her own heart. In typical Austen fashion, however, this oversight is eventually resolved, but not after Emma’s schemes go awry and she is forced to reflect on her own feelings.
Amster taps superb national talent and a solid core of Case Western Reserve University Master of Fine Arts thirdyear students to populate this custom soccer shoes play.
Sarah Nealis, a New Yorkbased actress, is the perfect Emma. Her training and experience in all things Shakespeare have prepared her for this wordy expedition into Jane Austen’s vivid landscape of affluence, manners and oldworld morality. She captures all of Emma’s wit and warmth, and she is an absolutely charming presence on stage from beginning to end.
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They include Patrick Clear as her doting and dithering father; Carolyn Faye Kramer as Harriet, Emma’s indecisive apprentice in matters of the heart; Dana Hart and Leigh Williams as Emma’s neighbors and family friends, the Westons; and Suzanne Lang as the less privileged neighbor, Miss Bates. Less featured players and the ensemble cast are equally superb.
Classically trained Mark Montgomery white soccer shoes and locally trained Zac Hoogendyk handle the romantic male leads in fine fashion, with Montgomery’s sober Mr. Knightley embodying the ideals of strength, substance and earnestness, while Hoogendyk’s playful Mr. Churchill epitomizes quite the opposite.
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