Sense and Sensibility

Tom Wood

Published by Cyberpress

Large Mixed Cast
At the dawn of the Regency, two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, are thrust into poverty by their brother's scheming and manipulative wife

Reduced to living with their mother in a tiny cottage, their prospects for marriage nearly ruined, the sisters are nevertheless courted by three dynamic men

Each with a dark secret ...



" A radiant, compulsively entertaining adaptation" ~ Liz Nicholls

"Theatrical catnip for contemporary audiences ~ Colin MacClean

"Sense and Sensibility turns out to be a ripping good yarn.Wood, whose elfin humour is very much on display, pays strict attention to Austen's sensibilities while at no time allowing her period-heavy prose to get in the way of dramatic thrust. ... The playwright demonstrated that the very thing that turned off generations of unwilling students consigned to reading the author's reserved world of gossip, love affairs, scandals and happy endings could provide theatrical catnip for contemporary audiences" ~ MacClean, Edmonton Sun

" ... a radiant, compulsively entertaining new adaptation by Tom Wood ... artfully streamlined adaptation Wood makes a heartfelt and funny romantic comedy of it" ~ Liz Nicholls, 12th Night

"Wood, who also adapted Pride and Prejudice for the Citadel stage, has a passion for Austen and her characters and does a masterful job of wrestling many scenes and settings into one three hour package. While much precise and clever dialogue in Sense and Sensibility is lifted from the novel, many passages were also written by Wood. I challenge you to detect the difference.Tom Wood clearly recognizes that there's more to the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood than a simple opposition of temperaments. Adapting that story to the stage was no easy feat, since Sense and Sensibility and all of Austen's works, for that matter resist easy adaptation thanks to a dearth of dialogue. The novel relies heavily on narration; Austen originally conceived of it in epistolary form. Wood has very wisely avoided a narrator here, opting instead to create his own dialogue in (mostly) the same heart and spirit as Austen's. It's a wise decision, as exposition is so often the death of dynamism" ~ Mel Priestly, Culture Edmonton


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