For The Whole Family?
Premise: Emma is a romantic comedy set in the early 19th century. At the centre of the story is Emma, a beautiful and clever young woman who believes herself an excellent matchmaker. She sets out to find a husband for her friend Harriet, dismissing as “unsuitable” the young man Harriet claims to love. Family friend, Mr. Knightley warns Emma that her meddling is sure to come to no good but Emma ignores his advice, stumbling headlong into situations that force her to acknowledge her arrogance and confront her own romantic feelings.
Running time: Approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission.
Be aware: The story is gentle and funny, with broadly-drawn characters and endearing relationships. The language and behavior is appropriate to Regency England, with costumes, music, and dancing of the period.
Appropriate for: Adults, as well as children 10 and up (understanding parental guidelines vary).
Children? Parents should be aware that the story is aimed at adults and the comedy is witty rather than slapstick. While children who are accustomed to live theatre might follow and enjoy the story, some young children could be bored.
Bottom line: Because all children and families are different, you are the only one who can judge whether this production is right for your family. When making that determination, please also consider the comfort and enjoyment of other patrons.
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