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Review: Pride and Prejudice/Northlight Theatre | Newcity Stage
Give me a movie with period costumes—preferably beribboned gowns and elaborate waistcoats—and I'm there. If the setting is England, all the better, where vast country estates and strict codes between the classes are as fascinating to mull over as (hopefully) the story itself. But put this sort of thing on stage and somehow the appeal evaporates faster than you can say "Pride and Prejudice" which, as it happens, you can witness for yourself in an unbearably pert and cutesy production at Northlight Theatre in Skokie. Adapted from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of romantic (and monetary) intrigue—it is also the current "One Book, One Chicago" selection—the story centers Elizabeth Bennet and her hot-and-cold, somewhat complicated quest for The Big Man on Campus, Mr. Darcy. Ah yes, we know the pair: nimble-minded Eliza matching wits with the infuriating, maddening, studly Mr. Darcy, whose heart of gold is buried somewhere beneath all that pomp and chest hair. Oddly enough, they become entirely