The Bennet Sisters, Jane Austen’s well-loved heroines, are back together to celebrate the Christmas holiday in an imagined sequel to “Pride and Prejudice.” This time, playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon shine the spotlight most brightly on Mary, the nearly forgotten sister in the novel. She is the Miss Bennet of the title “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” now at Capital Stage.
Mary (played to reticent perfection by Elyse Sharp) has arrived before other family members at Pemberley, the estate of that sought-after Mr. Darcy (J.R. Yancher), who has married Bennet sister Elizabeth (Brittni Barger), now and forever known as Mrs. Darcy. Middle sister Mary has grown tired of her role as dutiful daughter while the other girls marry and go off on what she imagines are romantic adventures. Mary presents herself as satisfied with her books, her music and her intellectual aloneness, but she longs for something more.
Enter an unexpected guest at Pemberley