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The Rivals

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley Butler

ISBN 10: 0812001540 / ISBN 13: 9780812001549
Published by Barrons Educational Series Inc, Woodbury , New York, U.S.A., 1959
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***Reliable, fast! Good+ to VG condition. Barron's edition, reprint. Covers glossy w/ light rubbing, edge wear, spine crease. Text is tight, clean, unmarked. Nice copy. (104ah). Bookseller Inventory # 004941

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Title: The Rivals

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc, Woodbury , New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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...A preface to a play seems generally to be considered as a kind of closet-prologue, in which--if his piece has been successful--the author solicits that indulgence from the reader which he had before experienced from the audience: but as the scope and immediate object of a play is to please a mixed assembly in representation (whose judgment in the theatre at least is decisive,) its degree of reputation is usually as determined as public, before it can be prepared for the cooler tribunal of the study. Thus any farther solicitude on the part of the writer becomes unnecessary at least, if not an intrusion: and if the piece has been condemned in the performance, I fear an address to the closet, like an appeal to posterity, is constantly regarded as the procrastination of a suit, from a consciousness of the weakness of the cause. From these considerations, the following comedy would certainly have been submitted to the reader, without any farther introduction than what it had in the representation, but that its success has probably been founded on a circumstance which the author is informed has not before attended a theatrical trial, and which consequently ought not to pass unnoticed...

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Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Captain Jack Absolute to the wealthy Lydia Languish. Jack and Lydia are already in love, but because of Lydia's obsession with romantic novels, Jack has disguised himself as a poor officer named Ensign Beverly and he is only one of Lydia's many suitors. The Rivals was Sheridan's first play, and this charming comedy of manners continues to be widely performed today.

A L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance with Rosalind Ayres, Kenneth Danziger, Lucy Davis, Neil Dickson, Sarah Drew, Julian Holloway, Christopher Neame, Lloyd Owen, Moira Quirk, Alan Shearman, Simon Templeman and Matthew Wolf.

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