THE COUNTRY WIFE
by William Wycherley (adapted by Rachel Atkins)
Directed by Brandon McShaffrey
March 27-April 5, 2020 -- (Matinee performance Sun. March 29 & April 5 @ 2pm)
Randall Theater, 2020 N. 13th St, Philly, PA
April 4 evening performance will include ASL interpretation & audio description for visually impaired
Banned for nearly 200 years for its salacious content, this classic, ribald, restoration comedy of coquettes and cuckolds is a playful sex-fueled satire telling the story of society rake, Harry Horner, who seduces married women by spreading rumors of his own sexual impotence. When Horner meets the titular character, however, the seemingly innocent Margery Pinchwife, she manages to twist his plot on its head. Everyone hides their true intentions and every entendre is doubled in this new adaptation by Rachel Atkins which modernizes restoration themes while highlighting the gloriously unabashed sensibility-shattering cleverness of Wycherley’s language.
Please note, this restoration comedy deals with themes of domestic violence and has sexual content.