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|Title||:||The Beggar's Opera And Other Eighteenth Century Plays|
|Number of Pages||:||388 Pages|
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The Beggar's Opera And Other Eighteenth Century Plays Reviews
Cato by Joseph AddisonThis tragedy resurrects the stoic virtues of the Roman Republic as Cato and the remaining Roman Senate awaits Caesar’s onslaught from behind the walls of Utica. I was surprised by this well developed character driven play.The Conscious Lovers by Richard SteeleConfronted with the growing influence and power of an exploding merchant class, Steele, publisher of the Tatler (and, along with Addison, of the Spectator) designed to reform English society. The ill-mannered Middle Class would be shown how to aspire toward the better virtues. This noble sentiment is obvious in the play and makes it boring. The dialogue bears little resemblance to reality and consists of lengthy diatribes and overtly didactic exchanges. About as subtle as being smacked in the face with a shovel. The Beggar's Opera by John Gay (read 11/2/2012) Eminently forgettable. Despite appearing in some polls as being one of the great works in Western drama, I found it boring.The Tragedy of Tragedies: Tomb Thumb by Henry Fielding Uproarious satire on the pretentious plays that littered the stage during the early eighteenth century. The footnotes alone will leave you in stitches. Fielding is a priceless precursor of Twain.The London Merchant by George Lillo Too outrageously unrealistic and predictable. A promising eighteen-year-old falls for a vixen, embezzles from his benefactor and murders the uncle who raised him. Caught, he repents. A morality play that is beyond the pale.She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (read in another work 4/23/2008)Funny. Goldsmith - despite his problems (He was called, The Inspired Idiot) - was a gifted playwright (She Stoops To Conquer) and novelist (The Vicar of Wakefield). If you want to read material popular during the time of the American Revolution, this is it.The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (to be read in another volume)
It was okay. I'm not crazy about 18th century plays. To be fair, these were probably meant to be acted and are therefore less interesting when read. I also just finished reading "Eighteenth Century Women Dramatists" and the only difference between the women and the men was that the men obviously enjoyed using derogatory slang to refer to the women in their writing.
Decent affordable edition of these plays, especially for a selection generally considered to be among the most significant of their era, but with little additional critical material. I am not much of a fan of these plays, particularly not of The Beggar's Opera, even if I recognize its historical significance. But for an affordable collection, this is decent.