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Is it better to marry for love, money, status or companionship?

This question was just as alive in Victorian England as it is today. Luckily, QNS fans can ponder this enigma and save money at the same time this weekend.

Aquila Theatre Company will present a stage adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel “Sense and Sensibility” four times at Queens Theatre from Friday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 22. Tickets run from $20 to $42, but readers of this post can get $7 discounts by using the promo code “QNS” at the $35 level.

Published in 1811, “Sense and Sensibility” follows two of the Dashwood sisters, who live between the rural British countryside and London in the 1790s. Elinor is older and practical, while Marianne is impulsive. Both are of age to get married, according to the customs of the era.

Their high society father dies, and his mansion goes straight to a son from his first wife. So Elinor and Marianne are forced to move to a relative’s modest cottage in Devonshire with their widowed mother and sister.

Men from their past and present lives then court the sisters, who have to choose between old bachelors, philanderers, patricians, and poets while also dealing with class issues, heartbreak, and delicate family relationships. Hilarity ensues.

Showtimes are Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

Founded in London in 1991, Aquila, which is now based in Manhattan, strives to make classical theater accessible to as many people as possible. As such, the nonprofit produces plays (often Shakespeare) in more than 50 United States cities a year in addition to going on international tours.

Last year, Aquila offered “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” at Queens Theatre.

“The story of the Dashwood Sisters and their circuitous paths to love is that rare breed of classic romantic comedy that can still warm hearts and split sides, even 200 years after the novel was originally published,” stated Aquila Director Desiree Sanchez. “With high energy and impeccable style, we’ll explore this timeless story’s many facets, vivid characters, and pockets of universal humor.”

Jane Austen, who often wrote anonymously due to attitudes toward working women at the time, is considered a pioneer of the sentimental novel. Many of her tomes — including famous ones such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma,” and “Mansfield Park” — deal with women’s dependence on marriage to ensure social standing and economic security in England during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Images: Richard Termine 


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