After months of political jousting, it just might be time for a nice cup o’ tea, some Mozart on the spinet, and a story of rivals that isn’t quite so … unpleasant. The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen is fitting for such times, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater obliges with a staged version of Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility. There will be no live-blogging of the show. But afterward, you can retire to the drawing room and politely debate the relative merits of the Dashwood sisters: level-headed Elinor or passionate and impulsive Marianne. The Rep’s resident Brit – Artistic Director Mark Clements – knows Austen well, and Mark Healy’s adaptation is the right one for the job.
→ Sense and Sensibility (Dec. 11-Jan. 13). Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. 108 E. Wells St., 414-224-9490, milwaukeerep.com.