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The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley…

The School for Scandal (1777)

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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This famous play satirises upper class morality in mid Georgian society (it was first performed at Drury Lane theatre in 1777). The first two acts or so are very funny, with the characters' attitudes towards, and breathless accounts of, scandals affecting one of their number, or numerous outsiders. I found much of the rest of it lacking that sparkle, though, and the characters, both male and female are more or less indistinguishable in terms of their ways of speaking or characteristics. ( )
  john257hopper | Jun 25, 2019 |
Cute, but the English of the 1700's is definitely different than the English we speak today! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
Review for audiobook edition. See my hardcover edition of "The Rivals & The School For Scandal" for review of the play itself.

While listening to this full cast audiobook was a nice way to revisit this Restoration comedy, I found the pace a bit too slow & didn't care for the voices of some of the characters (Sir Peter & Charles in particular). Elizabeth Klett was magnificent as usual though! ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 17, 2015 |
  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
Very nicely done for the times. An excellent satire of the society of both those times and the current ones. At least the gossips weren't really hypocrites -- there wasn't much two-facedness in their vitriol; they were pretty open about it. But the more hypocritical of their group did get their comeuppance. I also liked that the "failure" of the two nephews was actually considered the good one by his uncle because he was at least forthright about his shortcomings. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 24, 2014 |
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Often called the best comedy of manners in English, and one of the most produced of all theater classics, this delightful play displays Sheridan's mastery of the mechanics of stage comedy, his flair for witty dialogue, and his delight in skewering the affectation and pretentiousness of aristocratic Londoners of the 1770s.

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Sheridan's most famous play has been called 'the best existing English comedy of intrigue'. A favorite with audiences and critics alike since its premiere in 1777, this play is a classic English comedy of manners. Full of satirical wit, it subverts the Georgian social mores of its day with subtlety and charm.

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