Monday, September 3, 2018

"Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey"

Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
Adapted by Diane Tasca

Leslie Ivy & the Cast of Northanger Abbey
In her first novel written for publication in 1803 but not published until after her death, Jane Austen satirizes in Northanger Abbey the then-popular Gothic novels which overflow with dark, stormy nights in damp, spooky castles and where murder and romance often go hand-in-hand.  Ten years ago, then Founder and Artistic Director Diane Tasca adapted the early venture by the famed author into a play that proved a hit for her Pear Theatre in Mountain View. 

As its present season opener, Pear Theatre revives Ms. Tasca’s Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.  In a production true to the original novel and told in a word-for-word fashion, the majority of the characters’ lines are not the dialogues of the story but are the narrative describing the characters, their actions, and their settings.  

For my full review, please click to Talkin' Broadway: 

Rating: 3 E

Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey continues through September 23, 2018 at Pear Theatre, 1110 LaAvenida, Mountain View.  Tickets are available at or by calling 650-254-1148.  Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is being produced in repertory, with a “junior” cast joining the cast of this review, young actors drawn from Pear Theatre’s new youth theatre program, Pear Seeds.

Photo Credit: Michael Kruse Craig


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