The Provoked Wife Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (Until Sept 7) A strong cast delivers big-time in a rare take on this riotous Restoration comedy
. Jonathan Slinger is back in unstoppable form at the RSC as drunk, odious Sir John Brute - making life intolerable for Lady Brute, superbly portrayed by Alexandra Gilbreath.
I DID a restoration comedy
on stage maybe five or six years ago but apart from that everything has been jeans and T-shirts with me, which has been fine.
I DID a restoration comedy
on stage, maybe five or six years ago, but apart from that everything has been jeans and T-shirts with me, which has been fine.
So he is not moved (or not completely) by an anxiety springing from gender ideology, but rather by a narcissistic impulse that makes him comparable to the typical fops of Restoration comedy
, although he may not be so affected and ostentatious as them.
The Welsh actor had been playing Waitwell in the restoration comedy
by William Congreve.
dissertation, long ago, was on Restoration Comedy
in performance and led to his book The Ornament of Action (Cambridge University Press, 1979).
The grotesque betrayal of the generation that most detests Brexit is like some lost Restoration comedy
. The Restoration playwrights, their eyes wide open to the world's lust and avarice, show young people with names such as Heartfree, Constant and Worthy doing battle for the future with their self-regarding seniors.
I was so eager that I sat in on all the rehearsals of "Love for Love," which is a Congreve Restoration comedy
. On the Saturday before opening, Hal Prince told me he was thinking of letting the leading lady go and would make his decision during the matinee.
Since 1997, with Thomas Shadwell's The Virtuoso, the Restoration Comedy
Project of academics, based at the University of Seville, has been painstakingly producing fully annotated critical editions of important but unrecognized comedies.
The unusual closeness, in fact even presence, of the audience in the play is well exemplified by a recent revival of The Country Wife, whose director instructed the actors to deliver eighty percent of their lines to the audience and twenty percent to each other because the "actors were expected to play with the audience as much as for them." (58) Likewise, Norman Holland stresses the audience's presence: "It seems almost needless to say it, but a fourth-wall conception of drama will be fatal to the artificiality necessary in a production of Restoration comedy
It is in this respect that Saggini is most compelling, excavating the process of plotting and structure of the novels to reveal parallels with Restoration comedy
and classical tragedy.
I'd like to do some serious things and I'd like to do some Shakespeare and some Restoration comedy