Rounds Out Season
The Huntington Theatre Company has announced that the final selection for its 2004-2005 season will be "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Performance dates are January 7 - February 6, 2005.
Written in 1775, "The Rivals" satirizes the trappings of marriage and wealth. Affluent Captain Jack Absolute disguises himself as a poor naval officer in order to woo the idealistic Lydia Languish, to whom wealth means nothing. Mistaken identities and misconstrued circumstances set the stage for a satire of romance, materialism and pretensions.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, considered one of Britain's greatest comic writers, was part owner and playwright of the Drury Lane Theatre. His other works include "School for Scandal," "The Critic" and "The Dilemma." By age 30, he had left the theatre to become a statesman, was elected to Parliament, and had a large hand in shaping British governmental affairs until his death.
It is interesting to note that the phrase "malapropism" is derived from his "Rivals" character Mrs. Maloprop, who continually uses sophisticated words incorrectly to great comic effect. For example: "If I reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!"
The Huntington's 23rd Season is the first season to feature productions at the new Theatre Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; the season will consist of seven productions - five to be performed at the Boston University Theatre on Huntington Avenue, and two to be performed at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Theatre Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The full 2004-2005 Season now includes:
"Culture Clash In America"
In association with Broadway in Boston, the Huntington
will also present:
Tickets are currently available via subscription only. For more information, contact the Huntington at 617-266-0800, or visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.
-- OnStage Boston
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