Catherine: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey in Today's L.A.

ensemble theatre · ray burley productions · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ELIZABETH STEELE

June 18, 2015
tagged as: ensemble · adaptation · classical · lovers

My overall impression

The strongest aspects of this production are so clear, the writing and the casting. Pederson’s script captures Austin’s wit and pace. It’s well written and lends itself to the stage very well.
The strongest performances are delivered by the title role Catherine, Allison Powell, and her love interest Henry, Brendan Weinhold. However, the ensemble cast presents characters that elicit great reactions and convey strong points of view. The personalities of everyone are very clear.
This is a piece that has heart- Powell often doing what the audience wishes they could do with the other cast members- and achieves its goal of “make[ing] you feel happy or idealistic or less alone in our metropolis.”

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