As I entered the Arthur Miller Theater for the Department of Theatre & Drama’s production of “Sense and Sensibility,” I’ll admit that I was skeptical. Could a Jane Austen novel really be adapted for the stage?
Looking out my fourth floor window, I see a world that big cities, especially those on the West Coast where I’m from, won’t understand. Washington D.C. has cherry blossoms that unfold in spring, New York City has the thrill of a snow-kissed winter, but Ann Arbor was granted fall.
Unfortunately, the show failed to be this engaging throughout. The Brazilian modern dance group performed two 45-minute works — “Bach” and “Gira” — which were touted by the University Musical Society’s preview as “wildly different.” Contradictingly, I noticed a lot of similarities.
Pursell’s prose writing is extremely visceral and poetic — it builds worlds around you as you read. As a young person, she won awards for her poetry and in her adult writing career, she’s honed her poetic expertise in her prose.