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A Staged Play Reading of THE WAY OF THE WORLD by William Congreve

Date/Time: Thursday, 15 March 2018 - Saturday, 17 March 2018, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Location: Little Theatre, (The Cloisters), North Terrace Campus

Cost: All tickets $15

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Restoration Comedy Revisited!

The Theatre Guild opens its 80th Anniversary Season with a fresh look at William Congreve's The Way of the World, last produced by the Guild in 1980 in Union Hall. Thirty eight years later, we revisit Congreve's text, this time as a staged play reading in the Little Theatre.

With its cast of rakes, fops, aristocrats and spiteful women, The Way of the World is widely acknowledged as one of the finest Restoration comedies and is a joyous celebration of the power of love.

Mirabell and Millamant wish to marry but need the consent of Millamant's aunt, Lady Wishfort, in order to receive her full dowry. But therein lies the problem, for Mirabell has grossly slighted the old lady by pretending to be enamoured of her in order to gain access to Millamant. And so the fun begins in this delightful comedy of manners.

Congreve's writing, finely wrought and deliciously witty, charms the senses as it explores the intoxicating themes of sex, money, relationships and social status. His way of the world offers a tantalising glimpse at the glitteringly amoral world of Restoration Comedy.

"If I continue to endure you a little longer,
I may by degrees dwindle into a Wife."

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