Reviews: The Wickham’s: Christmas at Permberley
Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon return to Theatrical Outfit this season with The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley. This show is the perfect thing to lift your holiday spirits with this show running through December 29, 2019 .The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is best described as- A holiday story with big laughs, bigger surprises, and a beautiful night of theatre. ‘The Wickhams’ brings Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice’ to life with a new point of view. Starring Atlanta Favorites, Justin Walker, Jasmine Thomas, Sean MacLean, Lauren Boyd, Deadra Moore, Erika Lane,and Daniel Parvis, Christmas at Pemberley finds its feet early on.
Featuring many of the classic characters from the novel, it continues on their stories as the years fly by.
‘The Wickhams’ narrowly escapes the trap theatrical sequels tend to fall into, Having a story that can’t be followed. If you’re going to create a sequel to a piece, Audience members still need to comprehend what’s happening without seeing its predecessor. Much like Luca Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2, ‘Wickhams’ ends up being more inspired by its source material than lifted directly from it.This play takes care of new audiences members while also leaving some Easter eggs for the Austen fans that might see the play.
This time we take a look into life at Pemberley for its wait staff. Lead by Deadra Moore as Mrs. Reynolds, who acts as the head of staff and occasional mother to everyone at Pemberley. We meet Mrs. Reynolds, the groomsman, Brian, and Pemberley’s newest maid, Cassie just before Christmas and their biggest surprise of the season, Mr. Wickham himself. As the play unfolds and the days go on, relationships are healed, destroyed, and a new love ignited.
I can’t imagine this show working without the talent and instincts of this cast. 90% of the comedy in this show was nonverbal and that nuance can’t be taught. Shaun Maclean practically steals the show with his physicality and uses it so brilliantly. Daniel Parvis stands out in a way that so good it’s bad. He comes out onstage and you immediately hate him- which is a great thing for this character! This cast breathes, sounds, and acts like one cohesive family, which is why this play does so well.