Sense and Sensibility – Play – Village Theatre

Giveaway: I’m giving away a free ticket to this show. See more details here. Congrats to Annabel!

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Sense and Sensibility play by Kate Hamill at Village Theatre. Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl. Cute, basic (in a good way), & girly romantic comedy. Loved it! Clips by Nyhuis Creative. #theatre

Synopsis from the Theatre: A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. In a classic-modern mashup of the beloved Jane Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility revisits the 18th-century England of the iconic characters through a contemporary lens. Layered with smart comedy and zany antics, this playful new adaption comes to life in a delightfully indulgent production directed by Jes Spencer. Sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne’s fortunes become misfortunes after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Navigating societal pressures and relatable modern gossip, the two sisters learn to love while expressing their own sensibilities. Cheekily underscored by a contemporary mix of your favorite pop songs, Sense and Sensibility’s simple beauty and timelessness is a breath of fresh countryside air.

Reviewed Performance: 2/10/23 on Opening Weekend

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Awards: 2016 Off-Broadway Alliance Award

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Recommendation: See it especially if you like Jane Austen or romantic comedies

Was This the First Time I Saw a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Yes if it was another Equity production

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.75 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 3 but they were all good

Total Number of Actors: 10

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.75 hours – The second act felt slightly long

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Ball: Once again, Village Theatre triumphantly put on a dazzling ball as they did in Cinderella, their previous production. The chandelier-like disco balls were a nice touch.
  • Drag: Nick DeSantis was a hoot as Mrs. Ferrars in drag. I looked forward to each of his over-the-top campy costumes like the stuffy “Michelin Man” dress and the crocodile boa.
  • Personified Animals: Village Theatre must have heard good feedback from their last show, Cinderella, when ensemble actors occasionally portrayed animals since they did the same thing in Sense and Sensibility. The barking dogs surprised me at first!
  • Stuffed Animals: Speaking of animals, I also looked forward to seeing each new stuffed animal that the youngest daughter Margaret Dashwood (portrayed by Sophia Franzella) played with in each of her scene.
  • Town Gossips: The town gossips were a clever way to narrate the story.
  • London Transition: The transition from simpleton country to glamourous city reminded me of scenes where midwestern country bumpkins arrive in Manhattan.
  • Understudies: Kudos to Nik Doner and Michael Wu for seamlessly filling in the roles of Calder Shilling and Richard Nguyen Sloniker respectively the day after opening night.
  • Cliffhanger: The end of the first act was executed dramatically. I liked how they resumed the second act at the exact same scene.
  • Design: The lighting design, scenic design, and costume design were well-coordinated in the same beautiful feminine motif of pastel watercolors w/ warm lighting. The giant papier-mâché flowers conveyed a wholesome countryside cottage feel.
  • Drawing: The reveal of what Edward (or was it Elinor?) drew at the beginning of the play was funny. I doubt audience members in the back could see it though…
  • Cast Doubling: I’m usually not a fan of extensive cast doubling especially when it’s difficult to discern between characters. But when done successfully, I think it showcases the actors’ range of abilities. In particular, the understudies’ switched well from the awkward stiff personalities of Colonel Brandon and Edward Ferrars.
  • Modern References: It was fun seeing the actors wear or use modern props and costumes in this regency era production. I saw headphones, martini glasses, airport luggage, sneakers, capris, cowgirl frills, a hoodie, a Gucci logo, a steering wheel, leopard print, a letterman jacket, and a windbreaker. Modern songs were also integrated throughout the show like Celine Dion. Most of the songs were in the style of Postmodern Jukebox.


  • Phones: While I enjoyed seeing modern props in this regency era play, the cell phones were over showcased. Too many theatre productions use cell phones as an easy crutch to add a modern flair to shows that take place in a pre-modern era. However, it was clever for the horse carriage driver to text while driving.

Theatre Company: Village Theatre

Venue: Village Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 303 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027 or 2710 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201 depending on your performance date

Price: Medium-Expensive

Ticket Affordability Options: Check out their discount tickets page. TodayTix and Goldstar usually offer good options too.

Dates: February 1 to April 9, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Free street parking and some free parking lot. Lot parking is pretty difficult to find though. I’ve basically given up on that. I usually end up parking on Rainier Boulevard North. As a last resort, I think you can always find parking at the library but it’s a little far. Remember, there’s a bottom floor parking lot under the library’s main parking lot that most non-locals don’t know about.

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@showsiveseen “Sense & Sensibility” #play by @katehamill4sure at Village Theatre. #JaneAusten meets @xoxogossipgirl. #Cute, #basic (in a good way), & #girly #romanticComedy. Loved it! Review: Clips by Nyhuis Creative. #theatre ♬ Piano Concerto No. 22 3rd Movement Mozart(1003495) – takai
Sophia Franzella, Alegra Batara, and Sunam Ellis in Village Theatre’s Sense and Sensibility (2023). Photo by Angela Sterling.
Sophia Franzella, Calder Shilling, Alegra Batara, Suzy Hunt, Lindsay Welliver, Nick DeSantis, and Richard Nguyen Sloniker in Village Theatre’s Sense and Sensibility (2023). Photo by Angela Sterling.
Alegra Batara, Sunam Ellis, Josh Kenji, and Lindsay Welliver in Village Theatre’s Sense and Sensibility (2023). Photo by Angela Sterling.
Lindsay Welliver and Calder Shilling in Village Theatre’s Sense and Sensibility (2023). Photo by Angela Sterling.
Lindsay Welliver and Alegra Batara in Village Theatre’s Sense and Sensibility (2023). Photo by Angela Sterling.
Marianne DashwoodAlegra Batara
Sir John Middleton / Mrs. Ferrars / Thomas / Gossip Nick DeSantis*
Mrs. Dashwood / Anne Steele / Gossip Sunam Ellis
Margaret Dashwood / Lucy Steele / Gossip Sophia Franzella
Mrs. Jennings / GossipSuzy Hunt*
Fanny Dashwood / Lady Middleton / Doctor / Gossip Jonelle Jordan
John Willoughby / Lady Middleton / Gossip Josh Kenji
Colonel Brandon / John Dashwood / GossipRichard Nguyen Sloniker*
Edward Ferrars / Robert Ferrars / Lady Middleton / GossipCalder Shilling
Elinor Dashwood Lindsay Welliver
Elinor Dashwood / Fanny Dashwood / Lady Middleton / Doctor / Gossip Shanna Allman
Marianne Dashwood / Margaret Dashwood / Lucy Steele / Gossip Cheyenne Barton
Colonel Brandon / John Dashwood / Sir John Middleton / Mrs. Ferrars / Thomas / Gossip Nik Doner
Edward Ferrars / John Willoughby / Lady Middleton / Robert Ferrars / GossipMichael Wu
Mrs. Dashwood / Anne Steele / Mrs. Jennings / GossipAnnie Yim
Stage ManagerShay Trusty*
Assistant Stage Manager Annika Evens
Production Assistant Ana Sepehri
DirectorJes Spencer
PlaywrightKate Hamill
Scenic Designer Parmida Ziaei
Sound Designer Tosin Olufolabi
Lighting DesignerAmiya Brown
Wig Designer Kaleena Jordan
ChoreographerKathryn Van Meter
Costume DesignerDanielle Nieves
Assistant DirectorBretteney Beverly
Associate Lighting DesignerCasey Price
DramaturgMarquicia Dominquez
Fight ChoreographerAlyssa Kay
Assistant Scenic DesignerLex Marcos
Dialect CoachGin Hammond
Intimacy DirectorKathryn Van Meter
Costume StitchersMeagan Kirby
Kali Pohle
* The Actors and Stage Managers are members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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