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Sense and Sensibility Makes World Premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Jane Austen’s classic novel comes to CST’s Courtyard Theater.

Megan McGinnis and Peter Said play Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby respectively in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's presentation of ''Sense and Sensibility'.'
Megan McGinnis and Peter Said rehearse for their roles of Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's presentation of Sense and Sensibility.
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Sense and Sensibility, based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, begins tonight at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In typical Austen fashion, the story follows two young women of marriageable age as they desperately attempt to find suitable matches. In the wake of their father's untimely death, this is even more difficult, and the practical, dutiful Elinor and youthful, passionate Marianne find themselves in a world of romantic intrigue and endeavor.

Directed by Barbara Gaines with book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, the musical features Megan McGinnis as Marianne Dashwood, Sharon Rietkerk as Elinor Dashwood, Wayne Wilcox as Edward Ferrars, Sean Allan Krill as Colonel Brandon, Peter Saide as Willoughby, Michael Aaron Lindner as John Middleton, Paula Scrofano as Mrs. Jennings, David Schlumpf as John Dashwood, Tiffany Scott as Fanny Dashwood, and Emily Berman as Lucy Steele.

The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (set design), Susan E. Mickey (costume design), Don Holder (lighting design), Ray Nardelli and Dan Mead (sound design), Laura Bergquist (musical director), Harrison McEldowney (choreographer), Kate Galvin (assistant director), Larry Hochman, and Bruce Coughlin (orchestrations), and Curtis Moore (additional arrangements).

Performances will run through June 7.

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