She Stoops to Conquer
By Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Ian Gallanar
September 28 – October 21, 2018
Kate Hardcastle has a love problem: Her prospective fiancé is tongue-tied around women of high class but a charmer with the help. Silliness and satire follow when he mistakes Miss Hardcastle for a serving maid – and she decides to play along. Enjoy a bawdy, witty, comic feast of practical jokes and romantic mix-ups.
First performed in 1773, She Stoops to Conquer broke new ground, steering British comedy away from the sentimental or genteel, and giving the audience a “low” or “laughing comedy” that skewered society’s pretensions. A young lady of country upbringing is the heroine, outwitting city folk and her scheming elders. In that bygone era before a lady could get a background check of her suitor through Google, charming Miss Hardcastle goes undercover to learn more about Marlow, the man her dad hopes she’ll marry. A smash hit at its debut, She Stoops to Conquer still delivers the laughs.
“This is a comedy of its time, for all time,” says The New York Times. Want to learn more?
This summer, the British Library published a fantastic introduction to the play, the politics and social mores it satirizes, and playwright Oliver Goldsmith’s life. Click here to read the article, “An Introduction to She Stoops to Conquer,” by Diane Maybank.
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