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Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290
310-455-3723
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 33 members
Review from PK
Red Velvet 141 events 130 reviews

A little hard to hear the actors, even though we were fairly close to the stage, and this made it sometimes difficult to understand what was going on. The sets and costuming were very nicely done.

reviewed Jul 12 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Shaylin
Red Velvet 83 events 22 reviews

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

reviewed Aug 17 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Kenn
89 events 67 reviews

Restoration is really not my "thing," but if it were, this would have been a wonderful production. The theatre (which I've never been to before) was very unusual and wonderful. We ever had a small picnic before the show!

reviewed Jul 12 2008 report as inappropriate
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Description

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.

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