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Austen’s Women (Dyad Productions In Association With TTI Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

“Men of sense do not want silly wives”. Indeed they don’t, and here Rebecca Vaughan marvellously creates some of Jane Austen’s best loved women, both silly and virtuous (though perpetually occupied with the trouble of marriage). This one-woman show is a theatrical masterpiece, perfectly constructing thirteen individual characters. The wacky enthusiasm of Miss Bates, the fiery despair of Marianne Dashwood, the clueless folly of Mary Stanhope – they’re all there. Using Austen’s words, Vaughan’s performance is utterly faultless and vastly entertaining. If you don’t know the stories, then the allusions may be slightly lost on you, but it’s not only for hardcore Austen fans. This is subtle and stripped back drama with spot on acting. Effortless, non-stop, exceptional.

Assembly George Square, until 25 Aug (not 12, 13, 19), 11.40am.
tw rating 5/5 | [Natasha Gartside]

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