Wednesday, October 28, 2009

She Stoops to Conquer, Classic Theatre, San Antonio, October 15 - November 1

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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