Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly 

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 16, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 17, 2 & 7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 24, 4 & 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19
Price: $18.50-$89
Middle children have long read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and thought, "Yeah, great, Elizabeth Bennet got everything she wanted and more; what happened to that voracious reader Mary Bennet?" Playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have at last provided an answer with their Austen-inspired comedy, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly. Mary Bennet has always been unfavorably compared to her two older and two younger sisters, but now she strikes out on her own. When the holidays provide her an unexpected romance, Mary for the first time is allowed to shine. Can she stop reading long enough to seal the deal? The Repertory Theatre St. Louis has the answer. Miss Bennet is performed Tuesday through Sunday (November 29 to December 24) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $18.50 to $89.
— Paul Friswold

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