Wednesday, October 28, 2009
She Stoops to Conquer, approaching its last weekend in San Antonio, is elegant, witty, and stylish. Director Allan S. Ross recreates the conventions of the 18th century English theatre, including the use of a nearly bare stage, a painted partition at the rear, and the actors' respectful but self confident manner acknowledgement of the ladies and gentlemen of the public.
Goldsmith's work is a clever comedy of manners in which the men are all self-important bumblers of one sort or another and the women are there to set them right. There's rakishness; tom-foolery; and a decisive old harridan ruling her country manor, her husband, and her foolishly impulsive son. And, of course, courtship.
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