She Stoops to Conquer: A Review

She Stoops to Conquer, a play by Oliver Goldsmith, was the first in the Parkside 2010-2011 Theatre Season. This weekend, I was pleased to have the chance to see it. The audience was really responsive and the overall atmosphere was great. The play was, what I would consider, a comedy of manners. It takes place in the 18th Century, but does shows a different side to how we may perceive people of that time to act.

There were so many hilarious points to this play; the audience was always laughing at something happening on the stage. From the way Mr. Marlow acted around Miss Hardcastle to the ridiculous (but comical) actions taken by the main character, Tony, there was always something for those watching to laugh at. The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Hard castle (his second wife) was hilarious. What I truly loved about the play was the fact that the characters were relatable. Sure, it took place in the 18th century, but it still applies to people today. That is when one knows they have a classic on their hands; it remains relatable centuries after it was written.

The actors carried their roles well. They had wonderful comedic timing. From the way they would arch a brow to the audience to the way they interacted with each other, they were a pleasure to watch and truly became their characters. Each of them did a fabulous job!

The stage looked amazing and was very true to how they would have looked in the 18th century, as did the costumes. And the production was wonderful: everything was smooth, the transitions between scenes were well done; everything went without a hitch.

All in all, She Stoops to Conquer was a wonderful way to start off the Theatre season. I cannot wait to see what comes next!

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