Mixed reviews for Emma musical in Cincinnati


Two reviews this weekend for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of Paul Gordon’s musical adaptation of Emma.

Cincinnati.com wasn’t enraptured:

Austen-philes are to be encouraged to bear in mind that this “Emma” is an adaptation by Paul Gordon, and enjoy it for what it is, a visit with a sherry-drinking, tea cake-eating, strawberry-picking pack of likeable if not particularly memorable characters.

Yikes! But City Beat liked it better:

If you’re clueless about Austen’s witty romances, you’ll likely be bewildered by the angst over matchmaking and gossip. The most serious drama is whether the heroine will realize she’s not a very good matchmaker. If you’ve read Emma, you’ll not only be in heaven — you’ll know what’s going to happen from start to finish.

The play runs through October 3, and tickets are available online.