Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The School for Scandal |
Broadway Theatre Archive
Actors: Bernard Behrens, Ivar Brogger, Blair Brown, Barbara Bryne, Patricia Connolly
Directors: Michael Langham, Nick Havinga
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
First performed in 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan?s sophisticated comedy of manners satirizes the extravagance and corruption of London society. The School for Scandal?s combination of elegant language and earthy comedy w... more »
As Bad a Production as Possible
A. J Terry | 02/15/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This production took one of the wittiest, most sparkling 18th-century comedies--and ruined it. The costumes are intentionally absurd (think Beach Blanket Babylon), the acting is way over-the-top-camp, and the incidental music could not be worse. The music, BTW, is a combination of pop Renaissance and pop modern; anything but 18th century. The director appears to have had the goal of showing that his company was just too hip and too modern to do anything but make fun of this silly, fusty old play.
I like "The School for Scandal" very much, and not having found any other DVDs of it, I started out with the intention of keeping a recording of even a bad production. But when they got into the extended bop-be-bop of the drinking song scene, I knew I just couldn't ever sit through this one again.
The visuals are also blurry, but with the production being so bad, so what? Anyone who actually likes this play will be revolted by this DVD."
Witty and worthy production
John Slade | Ojai, CA United States | 03/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A crisp production negotiated with wit and flair, this delicious confection offers a tantilizing glimpse of the mores and manners of Sheridan's 18th century England. Guided with a sure hand by Michael Langham and Nick Havinga, this handsome production is well paced, wittily acted, and far worthier than the sneering commentary of the reviewers below would have you believe."