The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park delivers a fresh and exciting new chapter in the Pride and Prejudice saga as Mrs. Darcy’s younger sisters of Lydia and Mary came front and center in their search for love and happiness. The quest has many twists turns, and complications not unlike real life and the path taken can deliver unexpected outcomes. Mary is the younger geekier sister who is strong-willed, independent and doesn’t back down. She has her books, maps, and music to keep her interests none of her sisters thought she would ever find a man that was her perfect match at least she didn’t seem like she had any interest in that. Lydia who was more silly, flirtatious, and shallow thought that money and position was the key to happiness, however, a loveless marriage, and loneliness, has left her exploring for new possibilities.
The impending holiday season has brought the family together at Mr. and Mrs. Darcy’s Pemberley Estate as well as some friends to celebrate. Arthur de Bough, a dear friend of Mr. Darcy, has just inherited property and has become a wealthy gentleman. He is a little awkward in a social setting but has decided to visit. He soon becomes intrigued with Mary who he feels a real connection. However, Mary is playing a little coy until competition for his attention by her sister Lydia, and then Anne de Bourgh leaves her perplexed. The story evolves as the cat and mouse play and sisters and brother-in-law’s spring to too high action help Mary and Arthur find their way to true romance. The story will entice your imagination and belief in love.
Ayana Workman as Mary Bennet was alluring and adept in her performance as Mary Bennet. Miss Bennet is Ayana’s first Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park performance however hopefully there will be more roles soon as she has delivered a highly entertaining performance. Before this role she has credits in New York theatre in The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, and Dos World, and Macbeth.
Andrew Fallaize as Arthur de Bourgh was impressive and outstanding delivering and genuinely believable performance. Andrew is also debuting in the Cincinnati Playhouse and the Park. He is a British-born actor currently living in New York. His credits include Off-Broadway shows of The Lucky One, Cornelius, and Remembrance of Things Past.
Audiences will fall in love this performance and will the be one of the best offering in Cincinnati Theatre this year. It is one not to miss. More information can is available online at http://www.cincyplay.com