THEATRE REVIEW: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Kiwi Penny Ashton delighted in her one woman musical Promise and Promiscuity at The Staircase as part of Hamilton Fringe. The play was both fun and funny with Ashton playing all of the roles to perfection.

The play loosely follows they plots of two Jane Austen stories, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. In this version we join Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills & being quite bright, you know … for a girl.

I’ll admit it; I’m a sucker for accents. Varied accents are something that came in handy for Promise and Promiscuity with Ashton playing through all of the roles. With each character having a slightly varied accent it made the quick transition between characters easy follow. Ashton was very animated as she acted out the various roles, with each character not only having different voices, but she emoted them perfectly.

There were also some fun nods to recent popular culture nestled tongue and cheek in the play set 200 years ago. The additions of some localisms in the play as well were fun and always adds some local flair to the show. The play was set in Hamilton Shire and there was references to Burlington in there as well.

In addition to the comedic chops that Penny Ashton has in the show, she also has the pipes to boot. With a songs woven into the play Ashton gave a solid performance, sometimes played up for comedic effect.

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton was a fun and funny musical. There are four shows left before the end of Fringe. Definitely check it out.

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