|"Ah, Sir Peter has learned that he has a young wife. Or Lady Teazle has learned that she has an old husband." |
-The School for Scandal
Longtime bachelor Sir Peter Teazle has married the woman he adores. Unfortunately, she may adore his fortune more!
While the husband and wife navigate the tangles of married life, gossip and intrigue are the order of the day. Lady Sneerwell and her cadre of associates, including the notorious Mrs. Candour, amuse themselves by attacking the reputations of friends and acquaintances.
Meanwhile two fashionable (and eligible!) young brothers, Joseph and Charles Surface, are caught in the middle of money problems, a lovely young heiress, and the disparity between appearances and true character.
|The School for Scandal and other comedies of manners are biting satires characterized by their attacks on hypocrisy, sexually promiscuous themes, witty dialogue, and outrageous, artificial character names. Inspired by the social decadence of the latter 18th century, playrights like Richard Brinsley Sheridan brought audiences brilliant plays that catered to sophisticated tastes. ||
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