This week in theater: 'Pride and Prejudice' continues at Guthrie

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The Guthrie's staging of the Jane Austen classic "Pride and Prejudice" continues with preview performances Tuesday through Thursday before its official premiere Friday in Minneapolis.

The production marks the homecoming of Apple Valley native Vincent Kartheiser, who returns home to the Guthrie stage nearly 27 years after his debut at the famed theater as Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol." Kartheiser also played small roles in the Guthrie’s 1990 productions of “Henry V” and “Henry IV,” and also is an alum of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

In an interview Sunday with the Star Tribune, the "Mad Men" star suggests he'll bring a bit of mischief to his starring role of Mr. Darcy.

"You can’t do justice to Jane Austen without bringing a lot of humor," Kartheiser tells the paper.

Playing Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" is Ashley Rose Montondo, a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. The role marks her first major role on the world stage.

The show runs through Aug. 31. Local reviews of "Pride and Prejudice" are forthcoming.

Also continuing its run this week is the Children’s Theater Company production of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” a stage adaptation of Laura Joffe Numeroff’s best-selling children’s book.

Pioneer Press contributing critic Renee Valois writes, “Director Peter C. Brosius keeps the pace mostly manic, as befits a show aimed at very young children ... There’s no time for anyone to get bored.”

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” plays through July 21.

Also continuing this week is the Guthrie Theater’s latest production, “Clybourne Park” at the venue’s McGuire Proscenium stage in Minneapolis.

“Clybourne Park” — which in 2012 earned playwright Bruce Norris a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play — is a satiric comedy that deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press likens “Clybourne Park” to an orchestra performance, saying it it’s “a work of art where the ‘conductor,’ director Lisa Peterson, and the players are so united in their efforts that we hardly notice the dozens of talents who contributed to the production.”

The play runs through Aug. 4.

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