Despite all the feminist credentials, Sense and Sensibility is a story that still might not pass the Bechdel test, or just barely. While there are considerably more than two female characters (1) with names (2), they pretty much only talk about boys (3). That's Jane Austen, it's all about who you're going to marry and how many thousand pounds they have. At least her characters are smart, strong, capable women who determine their own destiny, even if that destiny is which man they're going to marry. But that's the world she lived in, when options were more limited for women. Today, thankfully, we have more choices than that, but we can still look to Elinor and Marianne as models for how to accomplish our goals with determination, while still remaining loyal to our values and our friends and family.
|Marianne and Elinor with their mother (Alejandra Escalante,|
Jolly Abraham, Suzanne Warmanen, photo by Dan Norman)
|the cast of Sense and Sensibility|
(photo by Dan Norman)
Jane Austen fans will want to see this fresh and dynamic new adaptation. And even if you're not an Austenite, it's wonderful to see women's stories told by women, especially in such a delightful and entertaining way (continuing through October 29).