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"She Stoops to Conquer" Delivers an Evening of Laughter

Monday, May 18, 2009  
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George School's Theater Performance and Stagecraft classes presented the eighteenth-century comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, 2009. Originally staged in London in 1773, the play is a comedy of manners with a series of misunderstandings, intrigues and discoveries that eventually lead to a satisfactory conclusion of the love affairs of the principal characters.
 
As Charles Marlow, Rex Roskos '11 was wonderful. He successfully captured both sides of this complex character—his shyness around women of the upper class and his bawdiness with the common ladies. Rex also had a commanding flair for the inflated style of Restoration Comedy. As the demure yet saucy Kate Hardcastle, Cora Wettlin '09 was a shining star. Her energy and the mischievous twinkle in her eye captured the hearts of not only Marlow, but also the audience. Providing the comic relief for the storytelling were Jeremy Perez-Schrager '11 as Mr. Hardcastle, Laura Claggett '09 as Mrs. Hardcastle, and Kobi Quaye '11 as Tony Lumpkin. The physical antics of these three reminded you of the Three Stooges much of the time. Kobi deserves special kudos for stepping into this leading role just two weeks prior to the performances. Rounding out the cast were Miranda Tarlini '09 as the beautiful, sophisticated Constance Neville and her beau Mr. Hastings played by Ryan Trombley '09. Liz Reynolds '11 made a stunning entrance in the last scene of the play as Lady Marlow. The addition of Mr. Hardcastle's servants and the patrons of the Three Jolly Pigeons, Tony's favorite local pub, completed the cast. These folks also served as interludes before the performance and during the intermission providing not only a fun-loving atmosphere but helping to recreate the authenticity of the period. Their creativity, energy, and humor were the icing on the cake!
 
Scenic practices of the time, which were designed to capture the essence of a place rather than to recreate its particular features, were echoed in the stage design. The scenes were furnished sparingly, accented with perspective drawing in painted drops, and designed using a two-dimensional approach.
 
“Once again the historical accuracy of the set design and implementation by Scott Hoskins and his incredible stagecraft students was amazing,” shared Maureen West.
 
Theater performances at George School are free and open to the public. The Arts section of George School's website includes the 2008-09 arts calendar, an online gallery, and more.