Thursday, August 27, 2009

She Stoops to Conquer


She Stoops To Conquer, 2008
Based on the comedy by Oliver Goldsmith
Starring Susannah Fielding as Kate Hardcastle, Mark Dexter as Charles Marlow, Holly Gilbert as Constance Neville, Joseph Thompson as George Hastings, Miles Jupp as Tony Lumpkin, Ian Redford as Mr. Hardcastle, Polly Hemingway as Mrs. Hardcastle.

According to Wikipedia, this is "one of the few plays from the 18th century to have an enduring appeal." Are you a skeptic? Don't think it's possible for a play written in the 1770s to be laugh-out-loud funny? Give it a try! You don't have to be an English major, or a theatre major to think this one is worth viewing. I promise! Though you *might* want to read a plot summary somewhere so you have an idea of what to expect. It depends entirely on what kind of person you are, how 'in control' you need to be. You can watch the first fifteen minutes here.

What's the story of this one? Well, Mr. Hardcastle is expecting a visitor. The son of his good friend is coming to visit him. If Mr. Marlow (the son) likes Mr. Hardcastle's daughter, Kate, then the two will be married with good blessings all around. He has been told that Mr. Marlow is modest and good-tempered. Kate isn't quite sure what to think. She wouldn't mind settling down...if the guy suits her. But life isn't that simple. There's a good reason why this one was initially titled "Mistakes of a Night."

What did I love about this one? The acting, the costumes, the humor. I don't know what I love most about it. I think the fact that it was so surprising. It was funny, very, very funny. And it just worked really really well.

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