The Way of the World?

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The Way of the World?

Postby starlight » Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:43 pm

This article from a Vermont site cropped up in Google Alerts:
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/berkshire ... re-theresa

The subject is a modern-day reworking of Congreve's The Way of the World, by Theresa Rebeck, and mention is made of the author having
...seen a production of [Congreve's original] years earlier starring award-winning English actors Michael Kitchen and Amanda Root.

Really :eek: ? Does anyone have any evidence of this production? Can't see it listed on the MK site. :noidea:
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Re: The Way of the World?

Postby jewell » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:54 pm

I don't see it on Amanda Root's IMBD, either. I thought maybe she'd gotten the male lead mixed up.

A play, perhaps?

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Re: The Way of the World?

Postby starlight » Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:13 pm

jewell wrote:A play, perhaps?

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Yes, I've no doubt she means a stage production. But can't find any mention of it.
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Re: The Way of the World?

Postby Lynnedean » Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:12 pm

Interesting. Unfortunately, being a theatrical production, it's not something about which information could easily be found. I think that we can be fairly sure that we have a comprehensive list of productions from 1971 onwards (Michael Kitchen - stage appearances), so if Mr K was ever in such a play, it was probably in the very early days of his stage career.
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Re: The Way of the World?

Postby Wolesley » Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:15 am

Could she be confusing Congreve's play with Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife, another Restoration comedy? MK played Heartfree in the 1980 NT production, the object of desire of two women, and there was an aunt and a niece in the plot. One of the female leads was Brenda Blethyn.

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Re: The Way of the World?

Postby Lynnedean » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:57 am

Wolesley wrote:Could she be confusing Congreve's play with Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife, another Restoration comedy? MK played Heartfree in the 1980 NT production, the object of desire of two women, and there was an aunt and a niece in the plot.

Amanda Root wasn't anywhere in the cast of the NT's 1980 production of The Provok'd Wife. It would be difficult to confuse the two plays, I reckon, and if Theresa Rebeck has managed it, she's also confused the cast members she saw.

And I thought my memory was bad. :-?
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Re: The Way of the World?

Postby jewell » Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:52 pm

Does she have an email/twitter, etc?
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