It’s a girl thing. Or you might think so from the mostly female audience at a recent performance. Too bad, really, because there are lots of insights for both men and women in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” both on the page and on the stage – without a whit of sentimentality.

It’s a girl thing.


Or you might think so from the mostly female audience at a recent performance.


Too bad, really, because there are lots of insights for both men and women in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” both on the page and on the stage – without a whit of sentimentality.


It’s Austen’s potent mix of romance and realism that keeps her following alive and growing after nearly two centuries, not to mention her observations of gender and class.


Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg presents a charming adaptation by Helen Jerome, which depicts an affable gentry couple struggling to overcome their diminished fortunes while seeking marriage partners for their three daughters.


"Pride and Prejudice" is on stage at First Parish Church, 923 Main St., Fitchburg, with performances through Oct. 25. Tickets $18 adults; $15 students and seniors. Discounted tickets are available for some performances. For more information, visit www.cpacfitchburg.org or call 978-345-2915.


Margaret Smith is Arts and Calendar editor at Gate House Media New England's Northwest Unit. E-mail her at msmith@cnc.com.