Elizabeth Salaam 12:06 p.m., May 21
Jon Jory's new adaptation of the Jane Austen novel feels more like an early draft than a world premiere. He covers the ground but at blinding speed, with at least 25 scenelets in Act one and few places where he offers the kind of loaded, dramatic nuances that Austen thrives on (was that the hint of a blush?). OnStage Playhouse's production offers appealing, early 19th century costumes by Carol Whaley, a useful, stone-walled set by Mark Robertson, and a subtle, moving performance by Kym Pappas as Anne Elliot, whom friends persuaded away from a dashing young (albeit poor) man, and who returns seven years later. Uneven performances favor the overbroad, mostly, though the script leaves little room for much else.