Congreve’s Comedy of Manners: A Play in Five Acts
Frank J. Morlock and William Congreve
Page count: 226 pages
File size: 319 KB
This play distills the essence of Congreve into one stageworthy play. William Congreve wrote four comedies: The Way of the World is his acknowledged masterpiece; Love for Love is less brilliant but easier to perform; The Old Bachelor and The Double Dealer, his early dramas, contain very good material but are rarely read let alone performed. Frank Morlock builds his own adaptation of Congreve’s dramas on the general plot of Love for Love, and interweaves characters and dialogue from the other plays into and around it. In the process some characters are blended with other characters, and acquire clever dialogue found elsewhere. Almost every line in this drama is Congreve’s. The result is a lively play that keeps Congreve’s best comedic work fresh and vital for a new audience.