The Way of the World

A new comedy adapted from the play by William Congreve
Written and directed by Theresa Rebeck
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January 09 – February 11, 2018

 “Visually ravishing … brings down the house” – DC Theatre Scene

“Delightful … a magnificent Washington premiere” – TheaterMania

“A hilarious evening … Theresa Rebeck’s comedy…reminds us that bad behavior can be fascinating, gasp-inducing, and very, very funny” – DC Metro Theater Arts

“With biting wit and visual flair, it delivers timeless social commentary for the Kardashian (and Trumpian) age … it's laugh-out-loud funny” - BroadwayWorld

"Scorchingly funny ... even sharper and funnier than the original" - Culpeper Times

“Outrageously funny … this production will give you hours of discussion points” – The Zebra


A comedy of manners—with no manners at all.

Mae is an altruistic woman with just a little baggage—a $600 million inheritance. When her philandering boyfriend, Henry, seduces her aunt, both women become the object of scandal.

Henry has a plan to win the heiress back.

In the lush and opulent land of the Hamptons, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? 

Freely adapted from Congreve’s classic play, The Way of the World at Folger Theatre is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper-class.


Running time for The Way of the World is approximately two hours plus a fifteen minute intermission.

Consider joining us for a special performance of The Way of the World to enhance your theater-going experience.

Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of our sponsors. For a full list of sponsors for The Way of the World, please visit our Sponsors page.

Scroll down the page to take a peek at scenic designer Alexander Dodge’s renderings for The Way of the World.

This production is recommended for persons 13 and up. Contains adult language and situations

Folger Theatre is a proud participant in the Women's Voices Theater Festival. Learn more about the Festival Pass, which enables you to support the Festival and save 25% off all participating Festival productions.

Photos by Teresa Wood. Upper left: Luigi Sottile (Henry) and Eliza Huberth (Mae). Above: Brandon Espinoza (Charles), Elan Zafir (Reg), Erica Dorfler (Katrina), and Daniel Morgan Shelley (Lyle).

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Sound Design
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New York Casting
Folger Casting
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