This holiday season, MTC is revisiting Regency romance with the World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley—a companion piece to the duo’s delightful Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley—both continuations of Jane Austen’s popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a different holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night—Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband: Mr. Wickham. The bustling housekeeper Mrs Reynolds, Cassie the resilient new serving girl, and Brian the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined—for a secreted letter may be the key to bringing him to justice. But before long, old grudges and new misunderstandings reach a boiling point, and as the festivities spiral into chaos, Pemberley’s residents struggle to keep peace without taking sides. Warm and sensational, Gunderson and Melcon’s second Austen adaptation delves into class, privilege, family and forgiveness—and what it means to truly give, in the season of giving.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is taking place with the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

Generous support for The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, and The Tournesol Workshop Initiative - The Barth Foundation.

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Performance Schedule

Opening Night 

Tuesday, November 20, 7:30pm. 
Opening nights are not available for online purchase. 
If you would like to purchase tickets to The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley Opening Night, please contact the Box Office directly: 

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There will be no show on Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 22.

Evenings

Tue - Sat 7:30pm 
Sunday Nov 25, 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sunday (Preview) Nov 18, 4pm   
Thursday (Perspectives) Nov 29, 1pm   
Saturdays, Nov 17 & 24, Dec 1 & 8, 2pm   
Sundays Nov 25, Dec 2 & 9, 2pm 


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Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $52 $47
Perspectives Matinee $52 $47
Best Deal (see info below) $25 $25

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Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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  • BEST DEAL: $25 tickets in select seats available for all performances beginning one week before opening night. Available online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208
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Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair comes to MTC!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair comes to MTC!

Thurs., 12/6

Join us Thurs., 12/6 for the 7:30 PM performance, and hang with carolers in costume and some of our favorite characters from the Great Dickens Christmas Fair! (Hint: he sees you when you're sleeping!) *Free*

Regency Dance Lessons!

Regency Dance Lessons!

Sunday, 12/9 | Post-show

Join us for the delightful 2:00 PM matinee performance on Sunday, December 9, and stick around for a post-show reception celebrating Jane Austen herself, with live music & dance lessons by official experts from JASNA, complimentary drinks & snacks, and more!

Special Q&A at The Depot!

Special Q&A at The Depot!

Monday, 12/10 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

MTC's literary manager / resident dramaturg will be giving a talk on 'The Wickhams'! Come join us!

Q&A with Lauren Gunderson

Q&A with Lauren Gunderson

Tues. 12/11

Following the December 11th 7:30 PM performance of The Wickhams, one of the show's playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, will be joining us on stage a special guest for the post-show Q&A! Come join us for the performance and stick around to ask Lauren all those burning questions you've always wanted to ask her!

Cast

  • ​Jennie Brick*

    ​Jennie Brick*

    Mrs. Reynolds

    Jennie Brick* is making her Marin Theatre Company debut in The Wickhams and can’t say enough wonderful things about this cast, crew, and artistic team. Bay Area credits include An American Ma(u)l (Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience), Pussy Hat and Much Ado About Nothing (TheatreFIRST), Barbeque (San Francisco Playhouse), Macbeth at Fort Point, Ondine at Sutro, and Romeo and Juliet (We Players), The Book of Liz and Why Torture is Wrong (The Custom Made Theatre Co.), and Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof (Berkeley Playhouse). She is a two-time TBA Award finalist and winner of a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for Barbecue (Best Ensemble Production, San Francisco Playhouse). By day Jennie is a voice and on-camera actor as well as a nonprofit finance guru. “Love and thanks to B, as always.”

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  • August Browning

    August Browning

    Brian

    August Browning is very grateful to be making his MTC stage debut. While receiving his BA in acting from Western Washington University, he appeared in productions such as Equus, Crimes of the Heart, Oedipus the King, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Much Ado About Nothing. August has since relocated to Los Angeles but is very much looking forward to returning to the Bay this winter.

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  • David Everett Moore*

    David Everett Moore*

    Fitzwilliam Darcy

    David Everett Moore is thrilled to return to the MTC stage, where he last performed in Gem of the Ocean. He has worked with many Bay Area theatre companies including the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, the Marin Shakespeare Festival, the African-American Shakespeare Company, AlterTheater Ensemble, the Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Word For Word, and the Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Regional credits include work with Capital Stage Company and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Addison in Safe House (Aurora Theatre Company), BJJ in An Octoroon (Capital Stage Company), and Black Man in We Are Proud to Present... (Just Theater).

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  • Melissa Ortiz*

    Melissa Ortiz*

    Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy

    Melissa Ortiz is overjoyed to make her MTC debut. She is a producing artistic director for ShotzSF as well as a PlayGround company member. Bay Area acting credits include Mistress Overdone and Mariana in Measure for Measure (Theatre Lunatico), Ensemble in The Best of PlayGround 22 and 19 and Emily in Value Over Replacement (PlayGround), Masha in Seeds and Masha in The Seagull (Utopia Theatre Project), Celine in The Moonrisers, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (The Free Theatre), and the title role in Miss Julie (AmiosWest). Favorite roles include Rhonda in Surf City, Shirley in Fifth of July, Edward and Victoria in Cloud 9, and Echo in Eleemosynary. Melissa received her MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. She sends her love to her very amazing family and her totally awesome husband.

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  • ​Neiry Rojo

    ​Neiry Rojo

    Cassie

    Neiry Rojo is happy to return to the MTC stage, having first performed here as #46 in The Wolves earlier this year. Rojo has previously worked with Z Space, The Cutting Ball Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Ross Valley Players, Los Altos Stage Company, The Breadbox, PlayGround, and Quantum Dragon Theater. Favorite roles include the aforementioned #46 in The Wolves, Trinculo in The Tempest (Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company) Queen Elizabeth I in The Beard of Avon (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), and Marela in Anna in the Tropics (Ross Valley Players). She has worked as a teaching artist with the American Conservatory Theater and earned an MA in theatre arts from University of California, Santa Cruz. Upcoming is The White Girl’s Guide to International Terrorism at San Francisco Playhouse.

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  • Madeline Rouverol

    Madeline Rouverol

    Lydia Wickham

    Madeline Rouverol is very excited to be making her MTC debut. A New York based actor and Northern California native, Madeline has appeared in workshop productions and readings at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. A proud graduate of the theatre department at University of Michigan, she is also a collage artist, cartoonist, and painter. “Love and gratitude to my friends and family.”

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  • Kenny Toll*

    Kenny Toll*

    George Wickham

    Kenny Toll is so excited to be back at Marin Theatre Company after performing in Shakespeare in Love last year (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nomination). Credits include Bad Jews(Magic Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Woyzeck, Eurydice, Antigonick, Coast of Utopia(Shotgun Players, Ondine(The Cutting Ball Theater), and Dracula Inquest(Central Works, TBA Award finalist). You can see him next in Frost/Nixonat TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Kenny is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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Creative Team

  • Lauren M. Gunderson

    Lauren M. Gunderson

    Playwright

    Lauren M. Gunderson was the most produced playwright in America in 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and the Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theatre Award. She was also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Three-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. Ms. Gunderson studied southern literature and drama at Emory University and dramatic writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at companies across the US including Emilie and Silent Sky at South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog! at The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Synchronicity, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and Crowded Fire Theater. Ms. Gunderson co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her published works include I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil and Trouble (Playscripts), The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, and Miss Bennet (Dramatists), and Emilie (Samuel French). Her picture book Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. laurengunderson.com

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  • Margot Melcon

    Margot Melcon

    Playwright

    Margot Melcon is a theatre artist, administrator, and writer. She was the director of new play development at Marin Theatre Company for seven years, where she dramaturged over thirty productions, including six world premieres, and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes and commissioning program. Margot has developed plays with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The New Harmony Project, and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She is currently the program executive for promoting culture at the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Margot is a graduate of California State University, Chico.

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  • ​Megan Sandberg-Zakian^

    ​Megan Sandberg-Zakian^

    Director

    Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a freelance theatre director based in Jamaica Plain, MA. Recent productions include the world premiere of Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop), Skeleton Crew (The Huntington Theatre Company), The Niceties (Portland Stage) and The Convert (Underground Railway Theater, Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production, IRNE Award for Best Production and Best Director). She is the director-in-residence at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA, where credits include the world premiere of The Royale (IRNE Award, Best Production and Best Director) and Chill by Eleanor Burgess. Megan has previously served as the associate artistic director of The 52nd Street Project (NYC), The Providence Black Repertory Company (Providence, RI), and Underground Railway Theater (Cambridge, MA). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Theater Award and the Theatre Communications Group Future Leaders fellowship, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories. megansz.com| maiadirectors.com

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  • Kevin Johnson*

    Stage Manager

    Kevin Johnson returns to MTC, where he previously stage managed Marjorie Prime as well as the special performance of Lady of Largest Heart with Olympia Dukakis. Elsewhere in the Bay Area, he has stage-managed more than twenty-five world premiere productions for theatres such as Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Kevin also has stage managed music and dance productions, including Oakland Symphony, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, San Francisco Jazz Festival (with Bobby McFerrin), International Russian Music Festival, and Dave Brubeck’s final album of his choral music, Brubeck and American Poets.

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  • Wilson Chin+

    Scenic Designer

    Wilson Chin has credits including Next Fall on Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include the Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pass Over (Lincoln Center, Steppenwolf), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi, Public Theater), Sakina’s Restaurant (Audible Theatre), Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), and My Mañana Comes (Playwrights Realm). Regional credits include Aubergine (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Tiger Style! (Alliance Theatre, Huntington Theatre), The Great Leap (Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory Theatre). Film credits include Pass Over, directed by Spike Lee. wilsonchin.com

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  • Courtney Flores

    Courtney Flores

    Costume Designer

    Courtney Flores is a costume designer based in the Bay Area and an adjunct lecturer at California State University, East Bay. Recent productions include A Raisin in the Sun (Stanford University), El Gran Dia de la Madre and The Royale (Aurora Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Chautauqua Theater Company), and Ghost Limb (Brava! For Women in the Arts at Brava Theater Center). In addition, Ms. Flores is a member of Campo Santo, a co-founding member of Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network, and an advisory committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons. Upcoming productions include Anna in the Tropics (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College), In Old Age (Magic Theatre), and The House of the Spirits (University of California, Berkeley). courtneyflores.com

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  • Wen-Ling Liao+

    Lighting Designer

    Wen-Ling Liao previously designed I and You with MTC. Selected credits include Quixote Nuevo (California Shakespeare Theater), Vietgone (American Conservatory Theater), The Resting Place and Reel to Reel (Magic Theatre), Barbecue (San Francisco Playhouse), The Boy Who Danced on Air (Abingdon Theater Company), Chill (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre Company), Sense and Sensibility (Dallas Theater Center), Precious Little, Marjorie Prime, and Grounded (Nora Theater Company), Appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Luna Gale (Stoneham Theater), and A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players). Selected international credits include Scarlet Stone (Tirgan Festival, Toronto), BodyParts/In Spite of It (TANZINOLTENF Festival, Switzerland), and Riz Flambe and Riz Souffle (Avignon Off-Festival, France). She earned her MFA from University of California, San Diego and BA from National Taiwan University. wenlingliao.com

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  • Sharath Patel

    Sharath Patel

    Sound Designer

    Sharath Patel was raised between Appalachia and India while spending the following years studying across Europe and New England. Before arriving in the Pacific Northwest, he spent nearly a decade as a lead sound designer in New York City. Recent credits include work at include Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Profile Theatre (Portland), American Repertory Theatre (Boston), 12th Avenue Arts, A Contemporary Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle), California Shakespeare Theater (Orinda), East West Players (Los Angeles), and Tantrum Theatre (Dublin). He has additional design credits in New York City, Norfolk, Raleigh, Aspen, and Washington DC, as well as India, France, England, Germany, and Romania. He has previously served as a visiting assistant professor, lead designer, guest artist, instructor or lecturer at Reed, Yale, Fordham, Columbia, Willamette, Ohio, Portland State, and Butler colleges and universities. Sharath is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA) and is an arts envoy for the US Department of State. He earned an MFA in sound design from the Yale School of Drama and is very proud to be a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre. www.sharathpatel.com

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  • Jessica Berman

    Jessica Berman

    Dialect Coach

    Jessica Berman is a dialect, voice, and text coach. With MTC she has coached Shakespeare in Love, Thomas and Sally, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Native Son, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and August: Osage County. Other recent dialect and vocal coaching credits include Angels in America: Part One and Part Two, What the Constitution Means to Me, Monsoon Wedding, An Octoroon, Watch on the Rhine, and Hand to God (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), An American in Paris (North American Tour), The Eva Trilogy, The Baltimore Waltz, Sojourners, and runboyrun (Magic Theatre), and The War of the Roses and Fences (California Shakespeare Theater). Jessica currently teaches at University of California, Berkeley, American Conservatory Theater (Summer Training Congress and San Francisco Semester), and the Academy of Art University. She earned an MA from the Birmingham School of Acting and an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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  • Laura A. Brueckner

    Laura A. Brueckner

    Literary Manager/Production Dramaturg

    Laura Brueckner has been supporting productions and playwrights with her dramaturgical work for over twenty years, with an emphasis on digital dramaturgy, world premieres, and commissions. During this time, she has been proud to count among her collaborators artists such as Marin Theatre Company’s playwright in residence, Lauren Gunderson; Christopher Chen; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; Mina Morita; Marissa Wolf; Idris Goodwin; Lachlan Philpott; and Dominique Serrand, as well as groundbreaking companies Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, The New Harmony Project, Playwrights Foundation, and, now, MTC. As an artist, she is committed to theatre as a path of social action, critical inquiry, discovery, and delight. Her journalistic writing on artistic process and audience engagement has been published by HowlRound and Theatre Bay Area; her dramaturgical writing has been published by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, and Crowded Fire Theater. A member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she earned a BA in English dramatic literature (magna cum laude) from University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in dramaturgy from University of California, San Diego.

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  • Dori Jacob

    Dori Jacob

    Casting Director

    Dori Jacob was the casting director at MTC. She served as the director of new play development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco for four years and dramaturged its world premieres Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis, Every Five Minutes by Linda McLean, pen/man/ship by Christina Anderson, and Sister Play by John Kolvenbach. As the resident producer for Magic Theatre’s developmental programming, credits include the 2011-2015 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series, and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. Further Bay Area dramaturgy, producing, and casting credits include Assassins (Shotgun Players), The Creative Process by Marilee Talkington (SOMArts), The Comparables by Laura Schellhardt and Shelter In Place by Elizabeth Hersh (Playwrights Foundation), The Brother(s) by Colman Domingo and Weightless by the Kilbanes (Z Space). Dori previously served on the executive board and literary committee for the National New Play Network and is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

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  • Trevor Scott Floyd

    Trevor Scott Floyd

    Artistic Producer

    Trevor (he/him/his) started as an Artistic Direction intern with MTC in 2015 and, prior to his current role as Artistic Producer, spent two seasons as Director of Ticketing, Artistic Associate, and Company Manager. As Artistic Producer, Trevor serves as MTC's local Casting Director. Originally from the beaches of South Carolina, he graduated with a dual major in Theatre and Political Science from Clemson University before trading in the Palmetto trees for the Redwoods. In addition to his role at MTC he is a freelance director and writer. You can read his latest work on the New Play Exchange.

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+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • A diverting second yuletide Austen effort from Marin Theatre Company

    Epistolary complications, empire-waist dresses, scheming female relatives and romance both sparked and thwarted by pride have returned to Marin Theatre Company, where two years ago these qualities made for the highlight of the holiday theater season.

    After the 2016 triumph of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” playwriting team Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have reunited for the world premiere of “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.” Both are sequels to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” but “The Wickhams” takes place concurrently with “Miss Bennet,” only now in the kitchen among the servants instead of in one of the grand rooms upstairs. (And in Wilson Chin’s set design, the grandeur of this mere scullery, complete with beam ceiling, cannily whets your imagination for what the rest of the house must look like.)

    If this second effort, which opened Sunday, Nov. 25, doesn’t kindle quite the same magic as the first, there’s still plenty of merriness to be had. It’s just days before the holiday at Pemberley, the sweeping mansion of Mr. Darcy (David Everett Moore) and Lizzy (Melissa Ortiz), his new wife, and a horde of Lizzy’s family is about to swarm them.

    For the master and mistress, that means absorbing the silly, gauche behavior of youngest sister Lydia (Madeline Rouverol), who ignominiously eloped with George Wickham, Mr. Darcy’s sworn enemy, in “Pride and Prejudice.”

    For servants Mrs. Reynolds (Jennie Brick), Brian (August Browning) and Cassie (Neiry Rojo), that at first means exponentially multiplied chores. Then it also means concealing Wickham (Kenny Toll) from the rest of the household after he stumbles into the kitchen late at night, drunk and with a black eye.

    Lots of huffing and puffing about housework bogs down the script, as do Wickham’s shallow harangues that he’s no cur but the victim of a stratified caste system. Complications proliferate, without provoking the showdowns the plot would seem to logically require. The playwrights devote much time to the exposition of Regency England’s divorce norms and a scandalous letter whose contents the show takes pains not to reveal too early, only to have the surprise be not very surprising at all.

    That means two parallel plots — Cassie and Brian’s budding affection, and Lydia and Wickham’s crumbling one — prove too much to fully develop in 100 minutes including intermission time. But when the script gives characters time to tease or charm each other, the result is impossible to resist. Watch as Brian sets Cassie up at an invention he’s fashioned just for her: a portable, tabletop reading desk, with a tilted surface for her book.

    Unfolding a blanket for her, he places her teacup and candlestick on a little shelf built just for that purpose. If that’s not love, what is?

    Megan Sandberg-Zakian’s zippy direction does much to whittle down the script’s extra padding, and her cast members find warm, human motivations for all the lines about laundry and table setting. As all-knowing housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds, Brick clucks like a hen and honks like a goose, and she has one of the best lines in the script: “Praise slows me down.” As Lydia, Rouverol is so hyperactive and buoyant she’s liable to bubble out of her own skin. As the newish mistress of Pemberley, Melissa Ortiz makes for a laconic, dry-humored Lizzy, the perfect comic foil to Lydia.

    Though “The Wickhams” might not be in the same league as “Miss Bennet,” Marin Theatre Company has made Gunderson-and-Melcon Austen riffs into a welcome holiday tradition — and hopefully 2018 won’t be the last of it.


    — Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle Read full review

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