|School For Scandal Still Tickles|
REVIEW by Willard Manus
its second-cousin scandal have always been with us, we are reminded by
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the witty and bawdy Restoration playwright
whose 1777 comedy THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL has been brilliantly revived
at the Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Brian Bedford, who also plays the
severely cuckolded Sir Peter Teazle, the production is a hoot from beginning
to end thanks to expert staging and acting buttressed by Catherine Zuber's
hilariously outrageous costumes.
Sheridan lampoons the follies of the rich (shown to be preoccupied with money, status and sex) and the prurient interest of the lesser born, who take lipsmacking glee in the upper-class's all-too-public failings and flailings. It's not just gossip that powers the human race, it's the pleasure that comes with seeing celebrities humiliated, as evidenced by today's popularity of the National Enquirer and Inside Edition. Nothing has changed since Sheridan's time, except maybe for the costumes and settings.
Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call (213) 628-2772 or visit MarkTaperForum.org