In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. Or so they think... The happy celebrations are brought to a sudden halt by a shocking revelation – these pillars of the community aren’t quite as respectably married as they thought they were. As the home truths fly like confetti and conjugal rites turn to farcical fights, an evening of sparkling comic mayhem erupts. With a photographer from the local paper due to arrive any second, a missing housekeeper and a doorbell that wont stop ringing, can the three couples keep a lid on their embarrassing secret? Penned in 1938, this is a classic comedy that is a blessed union of laughs and surprises.
Author: John Boynton Priestley
Publisher: Oberon Books Limited
Release Date: 2003
The widely performed and prolific Priestley experimented with many forms in his long career as a playwright, moving adeptly from expressionism to farce to political drama. This volume includes: : When We Are Married, Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon and Laburnum Grove.
Release Date: 2016-05-20
After Expressionism had run its feverish course, its foremost exponent Georg Kaiser (1878-1945) ‑‑ The Burghers of Calais, From Morn to Midnight, Gas ‑‑ proved equally adept at the lighter fare demanded by post-war audiences. Of some nine hundred comedies premièred in the Weimar era, his Pulp Fiction was an early triumph, often revived and played now as parody of a contagious literary genre, now as critique of Old World pieties. The New Woman emerged even more clearly towards the end of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ in Clairvoyance ‑‑ though now also as antagonist, from whose vampish sophistication the loving wife emancipates both self and wayward husband. Between these two comedies, in One Day in October (acclaimed especially in Gustav Gründgens’s gripping production) focus shifts to psychological wrestling in deadly earnest over the parentage of a child. A parallel dilemma underlies the compelling plot, rising tension and searing climax of Agnete ‑‑ an uncanny precursor of the ‘Heimkehrer’ literature inspired by soldiers and captives returning home after 1945. This was indeed a fitting play to mark the rebirth of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. Kaiser had died in exile, though not before taking leave, like Prospero, with another wry comedy, The Gordian Egg.
Author: Theodora A. Jankowski
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 2000-06-06
Even the current edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia privileges the state of virginity because it has as its object a superior good." "The author's claims regarding the queerness of virginity necessarily challenge the prevailing belief that the Protestant Reformation ushered in more enlightened attitudes toward women. Indeed, when considered from a queer perspective, the Protestant notion of companionate marriage proved to be far more confining to women than what had come before."--BOOK JACKET.
Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England is a groundbreaking collection of seventeen essays, drawing together leading and emerging scholars to discuss and challenge critical assumptions about the transgressive nature of the early modern English stage. These essays shed new light on issues of gender, race, sexuality, law and politics.
Author: Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Publisher: Oberon Books
Release Date: 2011-09-26
Don Pedro has it all – high position, wealth, a beautiful family – and enjoys the good life in the heart of the Spanish capital. But now he faces a challenge that would test the patience of a saint. It is time to marry off his daughters. It’s bad enough that his eldest Beatriz is both obsessed by the latest fashions and talks like a university professor, but his youngest Leonor is already enjoying illicit midnight trysts with her lover and is in no mood to accept an arranged marriage. Throw into this explosive mix the extravagant young man about town, Don Alonso, who thinks all women, like all plays, are excellent on the first night and boring on the second, and you have the recipe for an hilarious comedy that reaches out effortlessly across the centuries.
Author: Lisa Hopkins
Release Date: 2016-05-13
Genre: Performing Arts
The succession to the throne, Lisa Hopkins argues here, was a burning topic not only in the final years of Elizabeth but well into the 1630s, with continuing questions about how James's two kingdoms might be ruled after his death. Because the issue, with its attendant constitutional questions, was so politically sensitive, Hopkins contends that drama, with its riddled identities, oblique relationship to reality, and inherent blurring of the extent to which the situation it dramatizes is indicative or particular, offered a crucial forum for the discussion. Hopkins analyzes some of the ways in which the dramatic works of the time - by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Webster and Ford among others - reflect, negotiate and dream the issue of the succession to the throne.
Author: Dennis Kelly
Publisher: Oberon Books
Release Date: 2012-05-02
Features the plays Debris, Osama the Hero, After the End and Love and Money. These four plays are linked by their characters' desperate need to believe that there is more to life than the often brutal worlds in which they find themselves. Kelly's remarkable debut Debris finds humour and pathos in a spectacularly dysfunctional family unit. The harrowing Osama the Hero shows a group of neighbours taking ill-defined revenge on an odd-ball teenager in a climate of fear. In After the End a woman discovers she has been rescued from Armageddon by a paranoid ex-colleague with a nuclear bunker in his garden. And in a fractured narrative Love and Money portrays a marriage driven to brutal destruction by financial pressures.
kin Anna, a Texan poetry scholar and Sean, an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another. But as their web of family and friends crosses distances both psychological and geographical, an unlikely new family is forged. A sharp exploration of the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world. the mystery of love and sex Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up. parents’ eveningMother and Father are in the bedroom, preparing for parents’ evening. This rare opportunity to check in triggers a volatile, passionate and surprising confrontation. A painfully witty, perceptive exploration of the landlines of parenting in modern marriage.