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  Restoration Comedy in Performance
Restoration comedy disappeared from the stage for nearly 200 years until it was revived early this century.
Yet this brilliant court and coterie comedy of sexual and social behaviour was an extraordinary success in its own time, and enjoys a unique place in theatrical history as an example of the interplay possible between the stage and the audience.
Restoration Comedy in Performance is liberally illustrated with contemporary drawings and modern photographs, and it draws extensively upon documentary and visual evidence of the seventeenth century in order to suggest the importance of the costume and customs, manners and behaviour of the age to an understanding of the sort of theatre and drama it produced.
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 Restoration comedy information - Search.com
Restoration comedy is the name given to English comedies written and performed in the Restoration period from 1660 to 1700.
Restoration comedy is famous or notorious for its sexual explicitness, a quality encouraged by Charles II (1660–1685) personally and by the rakish aristocratic ethos of his court.
These playgoers were attracted to the comedies by up-to-the-minute topical writing, by crowded and bustling plots, by the introduction of the first professional actresses, and by the rise of the first celebrity actors.
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 Restoration Drama
A new style of comedy was improvised, which, for lack of a better term, we may agree to call the comedy of Gallantry, and which Etherege, Shadwell, and Davenant, and Crowne, and Wycherley, and divers others, labored painstakingly to perfect.
In 1660 the Stuart dynasty was restored to the throne of England.
The heroes of the Restoration comedies were lively gentlemen of the city, profligates and loose livers, with a strong tendency to make love to their neighbors' wives.
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 Restoration Comedy - Research and Read Books, Journals, Articles at Questia Online Library
Restoration - in English history, the reestablishment of the monarchy on the accession (1660) of Charles II after the collapse of the Commonwealth (see under commonwealth) and the Protectorate.
The term is often used to refer to the entire period from 1660 to the fall of James II in 1688, and in English literature the Restoration period (often called the age of Dryden) is commonly viewed as extending from 1660 to the death of John Dryden in 1700.
The Restoration period was marked by an advance in colonization and overseas trade, by the Dutch Wars, by the great plague (1665) and the great fire of London (1666), by the birth of the Whig and Tory parties, and by the Popish Plot and other manifestations of anti-Catholicism.
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 §17. Molière and Restoration Comedy. V. The Restoration Drama. Vol. 8. The Age of Dryden. The Cambridge ...
Molière’s earlier work thus corresponds, in point of time, with the latest years of exile, when many Englishmen of rank were amusing themselves in Paris, and peculiarly open to lighter impressions from the idleness of their lives.
That the finer qualities of Molière, his verve, his buoyancy, ease and success of plot, and sure characterisation, escaped his English imitators is not to be denied; for, apart from the circumstance that few of them were men of more than mediocre parts, the genius of Molière towers above the imitation of any age.
D’Avenant, Dryden, Sedley, Wycherley, Vanbrugh, Crowne and Shadwell all owe debts of plot, character, design and dialogue to French comedy; and, even where the debt may not be specifically ascertainable, the tone of the play, the method of its conduct and the conception of its personages declare the dominant influence of France.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Restoration comedy
His first comedy, Love in a Tub (1664), was an immediate success and was novel in its lively exploitation of contemporary manners.
His witty, licentious comedies— The Comical Revenge; or, Love in a Tub (1664) and She Wou'd If She Cou'd (1668)—set the tone of the Restoration comedy of manners that Congreve was to continue.
A restoration without the comedy; France special - Expat developer turns to a cast of local builders to take the drama out of doing up a home.
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 Restoration Comedy
Joseph Wood Krutch contends that Restoration comedy "was derived from the union of certain elements of the old comedy of Humours with certain elements in the romantic plays of the same period.
Also referred to as the Comedy of Manners because the chief characters are usually members of high society, the Restoration comedy tends to feature recurring types- "the graceful young rake, the faithless wife, the deceived husband, and perhaps, a charming young heroine who is to be bestowed in the end on the rake" (Krutch, 2).
The Restoration comedies of manners both dealt with many of these new issues yet "the search for novelty, the ready resort to laughter, the conscious reducing of the significance of traditional codes" also helped the audience to evade them (Wilkinson, 57).
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 Search Results for "Restoration comedy"
A list of the borrowings of restoration comedy from the drama of Molière and his contemporaries would...
The restoration contempt for the country and the exaltation...
Though the current of restoration comedy still runs strong in the first decade of the eighteenth...
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 Theater & Performance in Stanford, CA | 'Restoration Comedy' at Pigott Theater
Taken from two Restoration plays, Freed's rakish hero, Loveless, associates the word "marriage" with a noose.
Freed maintains the Restoration emphasis on style and wit.
Erdmann's Amanda is suitably upright in her Puritan fl dress, yet warm enough to have desires and be Restoration frank about them.
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 Juilliard | The Juilliard Journal Online
Her plays demonstrated all the qualities of Restoration comedy, a reflection of the time that cast away morality and replaced it with the virtues of wit, elegance, and passion.
The period preceding the Restoration was one of strict moral repression, during which theaters were closed, actors caught performing were imprisoned, and enormous fines were levied against any daring to sit in an audience.
Thus was born both the Restoration tragedy and the comedy of manners.
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 Tracey Sanders ACU
Put simply, the comedy of manners is a style of comedy that reflects the life, ideals and manners of upper class society in a way that is essentially true to its traditions and philosophy.
The Restoration stage was poorly lit due to hooplike chandeliers that generally obstructed the vision of the audience.
A major distinction between characterisation in Restoration comedy and French Neoclassic comedy is the actor's sense of involvement with a character.
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 A husband and wife engage in a merry war betwixt the sexes in 'Restoration Comedy'
The topic was the primary focus of the best comedies of the Restoration, the period when England was recovering from the radical Christian excesses of the Puritan Commonwealth -- when the long-banned theaters reopened, with women, for the first time, appearing on the English stage.
Freed (wife of Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle) is a specialist in incisively literate comedies, on subjects ranging from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes to "The Beard of Avon," which was a hit at American Conservatory Theater.
Ott uses the patent artificiality of the costumes and white-on-fl set, festooned with enlarged curlicues and a cutout 17th century London cityscape, to highlight and enhance the immediacy of Amanda's dilemma.
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 Acting in Restoration Comedy
Restoration comedies are plays by such late-17th- and early-18th-century British playwrights as William Congreve, Aphra Behn, William Wycherley, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, and, later, Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
He compares tackling dialogue in Restoration comedy to a horse and rider: "You can't climb on the back of the text expecting it to sustain you." He writes, "You have to be ahead of each thought, in perfect command of the sequence of ideas....
It's important to remember that the style that the characters exhibit is a direct and organic outgrowth of their place in the society of the time -- in the same way, he observes, that in our own time devotees of hip-hop exhibit one style, members of the "corporate power elite" another style entirely.
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 Restoration comedy - Haaretz - Israel News
A sin that a true restorer, a professional who by nature works in the shadow of giants, a kind of sorcerer?s apprentice, should not be guilty of.
Or to describe how she restored works by Henri Rousseau, the famous painter of imaginary jungles, whose works are now on display in a mind-boggling exhibition in the Tate Modern in London.
Rifko-Golding?s supercilious attitude toward the local community of art restorers was not necessarily an unpardonable sin, but it certainly served as a trenchant background to the next chapter in the plot.
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 Review: 'Restoration Comedy'
Both are bawdy comedies following the adventures of the rakish John Loveless (Elijah Alexander) and his virtuous wife, Amanda (Caralyn Kozlowski).
Freed has freewheeling fun with the genre, crafting a comedy in which Loveless, an unrepentant sex addict, is reformed in Act I when his prudish wife disguises herself as a "big slut," as she puts it, and seduces him.
Restoration Comedy runs July 5-30 at the Bruns Amphitheater, 100 Gateway Blvd., Orinda, Calif. Tickets: (510) 548-9666.
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 Restoration comedy. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine
But Restoration founder Stephen Gordon's presumption that the masses are as interested as he is in high-priced precious accessories, expensive leather chairs, and faux-rotary phones, turned out to be off-base.
Restoration Hardware's story begins in 1979, when Gordon was renovating his (natch) Queen Anne Victorian house in Eureka, Calif., and had difficulty finding the right fixtures.
Restoration's need for growth—if you can't turn a profit with 90 stores, the thinking goes, you've got to get bigger—led it to expand into places that were bourgeois but not bohemian: Buford, Ga.; Metairie, La.; Grandville, Miss.; and Kansas City, Mo. It turns out that expensive soaps and towel bars aren't necessarily habit-forming.
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