The Beaux’ Stratagem

By George Farquhar

Adapted by Thornton Wilder & Ken Ludwig

Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

Mar 30 – May 26, 2013

A WEST COAST PREMIERE PRODUCTION


CRITIC'S CHOICE - Los Angeles Times

“Pull up a bar stool at A Noise Within [for] an utterly CHARMING evening.” – Backstage

“Too much FUN to miss…DELIGHTFUL.”Examiner

Two girl-crazy adventurers on the road-trip of their young lives, tumble face-first into love in this swashbuckling romp.  Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig’s adaptation infuses Farquhar’s original tale with irresistible vibrancy and panache.

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (includes a 15 minute intermission)

The play tells the story of two young bucks who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune.  In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next.  In Lichfield, Aimwell is the master and Archer is the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Kate Sullen.  They set their caps for these women, but problems abound.  Kate is married to a drunken sot who despises her; the innkeepers saucy daughter, Cherry, has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda’s mother, Lady Bountiful, mistakenly belives herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her daughter like a dragoness; and a band of brigands plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy.

SPECIAL EVENT!

“Thornton Wilder's Versatile Pen”


A talk by Tappan Wilder

Sunday, May 5 at 5:30pm

Everybody knows about Thornton Wilder's Our Town. But what about his adaptations and translations, including The Beaux' Stratagem? Not to mention his novels, librettos, essays, film work, letters and lectures (delivered in English, German and French)? In an illustrated talk drawing on family records, Tappan Wilder discusses Thornton Wilder’s versatile pen, and why audiences and readers appear to be quite enjoying his company in the new century.

Tickets: $15.00 for General Admission

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