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Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk

Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk

Liz Lauren

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2015
Price: $58-$88
Jane Austen is not a writer whose work you'd automatically consider as material for a full-blown, unironic musical. It's true that all six of her books center around the marriage plot, and there's usually a large and colorful supporting cast, including someone who can be counted on to play the pianoforte at a party, and sometimes one of the heroes will even say or write something absolutely swoon-worthy like "You pierce my soul."

But such moments in Austen are rare. As Virginia Woolf wrote about Love and Freindship [sic], the juvenile novella that gleefully parodies the romance novels Austen grew up reading and sets the tone for all the work that followed: "What is this note which never merges in the rest, which sounds distinctly and penetratingly all through the volume? It is the sound of laughter. The girl of fifteen is laughing, in her corner, at the world." You can't laugh and sing a dramatic love ballad at the same time. Continue reading >>


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