"The School for Scandal"

Lucille Lortel Theatre

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In this production of a widely admired 1777 farce, Oliver Surface sets out to untangle a web of gossip, innuendo, and intrigue

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The School for Scandal

The wealthy widow Lady Sneerwell has a way with words. Or at least her hired letter-forger does. Sitting pretty at the center of a clique, Sneerwell is able to use that eloquent hand to spread malicious gossip, giving her the power to ruin—or nurture—seemingly any relationship she desires. But who does she desire? The young Charles Surface—one of three young people under the guardianship of Sir Peter Teazle. Due to Lady Sneerwell’s machinations, plenty of rumors begin flying around town about Charles and his siblings—so when their uncle, Sir Oliver Surface, returns from 16 years abroad, he’s naturally obliged to go undercover and sniff out the truth.

More than 200 years after Richard Brinsley Sheridan penned the widely admired farce, The School for Scandal still serves up relevant lessons in humility and spite, mercilessly and pointedly attacking our propensity for gossip, lust, and hypocrisy. Whether or not you’re acquainted with the play itself, the cast list might offer a few familiar names:

  • Dana Ivey (Lady Candour): a Tony Award nominee who’s been seen onstage in Heartbreak House and on the silver screen in Addams Family
  • Mark Linn-Baker (Sir Peter Teazle): an actor famous for his work in Perfect Strangers and My Favorite Year
  • Frances Barber (Lady Sneerwell): an alumna of Doctor Who who’s acted alongside Sir Ian McKellan in King Lear
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