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CP: Any minute, the bellowing, marriage-obsessed mom (Suzanne Warmanen) could quite reasonably have slapped someone with a fish or lit an exploding cigar. But here, so much depends on Elizabeth and Mr. D. Whadja think?
RN: Mr. Kartheiser — TV’s most Emmy-worthy actor — captured Mr. Darcy’s reserve and disdain. I sort of adored Ashley Rose Montondo as Our Heroine. There wasn’t a lot of heat between them, but with Austen, is there ever?
CP: When Darcy at last proposes, it’s like one of those insincere apologies: “I’m sorry that you took my disagreeable behavior the wrong way, due to your thin skin.” Kartheiser performed ably, but was too muted for my taste. And, not his fault, he did not seem physically right for the part.
RN: It’s not easy to step into the boots of Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen, the most recent and indelible Darcys in TV and the movies.
CP: I agree that Montondo’s proto-feminist Eliza was delightful, especially when she cranked up her strong opinions in the second half.
RN: Here’s to more outspoken females on the Guthrie stage. Played by Sally Wingert, natch.
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