The Way of the Theatre World…
We are not the only ones to notice that the theatre world is reviving some classic comedies. Now that the Sheffield Crucible has added to the mix with William Congreve’s THE WAY OF THE WORLD some are wondering whether this eagerness to restore and update eighteenth century plays is causing a spot on them, and undermining the message.
There’s the argument of making the play relevant, otherwise, it ends up being the same old audience seeing the same old play, but is this necessity to establish the playwright’s “street cred” something that needs to be applied?
Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph writes
The really radical thing to do with Restoration comedy today would be to stage it in period, with fans, beauty spots, huge wigs and superbly elegant diction from the actors. Instead, director Lyndsey Turner’s big idea is to “imagine that rather than belonging to the past, the Restoration is the next big trend to hit London”. Never mind that this makes a mockery of the arranged marriages and legal complexities of the plot: Congreve must be seen getting down and dirty with the kids.
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