Comedy of Manners The School for Scandal at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
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Bill Cain's witty and thought-provoking exploration of governmental power and artistic integrity also manages to mix broad humor and tense political intrigue into an award-winning crowd-pleaser. Set in 1605 London, a down-and-out playwright named Shagspeare -- yeah, you know who we're talking about -- receives a commission to write a play promoting the government's version of Guy Fawkes' treasonous plot. As Shag navigates the murky waters between writing a lie or losing his head, his devoted troupe keeps him afloat. Equivocation cleverly closes out Theatricum Botanicum's season-long salute to the Bard's 450th birthday. Learn More
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The performers were supurb. However, intense concentration was required to follow the storyline, given the actors affected heavy British accents and that the language itself was characteristic of England, upper class, Regency period. We were...continued
Centuries before Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake and The National Enquirer appeared on the scene, Richard Brinsley Sheridan gave us such gossip-mongers as Lady Sneerwell, Widow Snake, Lady Candour and Benjamin Backbite in a comic story filled with complications, ironies, surprises and schemes that go horribly wrong—a prototype of situation comedy that reveals many of the same guilty pleasures and petty obsessions we know today. Widely regarded as one of the finest comedies in the English language, its wit, humor and social commentary still touch a nerve nearly 330 years after its premiere at London’s Drury Lane Theater in the spring of 1777.
Sheridan was manager of the Drury Lane Theatre where he had a great influence on the theater of his time. The School for Scandal is studied around the world in high schools and theater schools, making him one of the most well-known traditionalist playwrights, second only to Shakespeare. He later became a distinguished parliamentary orator. The School for Scandal was a favorite play of General George Washington, who was an inveterate theatergoer.
The cast of The School for Scandal includes Theatricum company members Willow Geer as Lady Teazle; Franc Ross as Sir Peter Teazle; Susan Angelo as Lady Sneerwell; Melora Marshall as Widow Snake; Katherine Griffin as Lady Candour; Tim Halligan as Sir Oliver Surface; Mark Lewis as Joseph Surface; and Jeff Wiesen as Charles Surface.