The Play

Way of the Worldwritten by william congreve
directed by rebecca ennals
Thursday - Saturday 8 PM
Sunday 2 Pm
may 8 - may 31 - the pear avenue theatrE

Rebecca Ennals has taken Congreve's genius and molded it into a mix of past and present to reflect the dangerous liaisons of our own celebrity-obsessed culture.

Cast: William J. Brown III, Jim Johnson, Alex Kirschner, Paul Loomis, Annamarie MacLeod, Rami Margron, Roberta Morris, Carla Pantoja, Ray Renati *, Joseph Salazar, and Shannon Warrick.

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Synopsis

First produced in 1700, The Way of the World is perhaps the greatest English comedy of manners, a clever, glittering play about how upper-class people put on velvet gloves to claw their way to wealth, position, and romance.

The plot’s complicated intrigue pits Mirabell, a witty man-about town, against Fainall, another man-about town, whose wit fails to mask his deep moral corruption. In the play’s opening scene, Mirabell’s and Fainall’s mutual dislike is telegraphed in their exquisite politeness to each other. Mirabell’s goal is to marry the beautiful and independent-minded Millamant. For his part, the corrupt Fainall wants to usurp Millamant’s fortune by discrediting her with her aunt, Lady Wishfort. That lady, who is also Fainall’s mother-in-law, is a “superannuated,” lascivious woman who has fallen wig over pantaloon for the handsome, much-younger Mirabell.

As it is with the men in this world, so it is with the women, who slither elegantly through dangerous liaisons. In contrast to most of the other female characters, the independent-minded Millamant--pursued by Mirabell, conspired against by Fainall--seems removed from these deceptions. But she is not a hapless ingénue. She pursues her own goal, which is to marry Mirabell, but on her own terms, in a wit-spiced courtship reminiscent of that of Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.

*Member, Actors Equity


The Way of the World

performance Calendar

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

May 7

8 PM
Pay -what-you-can Preview

May 8

8 PM
Opening Night Gala

May 9

8 PM

May 10

2 PM
Talkback with the director and cast

May 14

8 PM

May 15

8 PM

May 16

8 PM

May 17

2 PM

May 21

8 PM

May 22

8 PM

May 23

8 PM

May 24

2 PM

May 28

8 PM

May 29

8 PM

May 30

8 PM

May 31

2 PM

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