Ray has a way with his favourite play

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

THOSE who love the lan­guage of Os­car Wilde and Noel Cow­ard will be thrilled with Wil­liam Con­greve’s 1700 comic mas­ter­piece, The Way of the World, a baroque gem in the crown of English theatre.

And the sub­ject mat­ter of this most lus­trous and el­e­gant lan­guage? Treach­ery, trick­ery, lust for con­trol and for­tune, re­venge, adul­tery, jeal­ousy – yet ul­ti­mately love, ac­cep­tance and jus­tice.

Its char­ac­ters are the idle and ti­tled rich, re­cently freed from the stric­tures of Pu­ri­tanism, charged by cre­ative ex­u­ber­ance in a new world in which prodi­gal­ity is the man­i­fes­ta­tion of gen­eros­ity. And it’s es­pe­cially a new world for women.

Mirabell, the play’s hero, wants to marry Mil­la­mant, but her aunt, Lady Wish­fort op­poses the match. And so, at the gam­bling ta­ble, does the in­tri­cate schem­ing be­gin.

Renowned di­rec­tor Ray­mond Omodei, who is in his first ven­ture at Guild­ford’s Gar­rick Theatre, will di­rect the play for the fourth time.

Mr Omodei said of the hun­dreds of plays he had di­rected over the years, this one res­onated the most with him. “It’s my favourite. The play is mas­terly writ­ten, with a touch of many of the hu­man frail­ties and vices that are as time­less as the beauty and el­e­gance of this work,” he said.

“Writ­ten over 300 years ago, it still holds true as a fast­paced com­edy of man­ners and is full of colour­ful char­ac­ters with hid­den agen­das and sus­pi­cious mo­tives.

“The play has a qual­ity and hu­mour so great that I will prob­a­bly never tire of it.”

Book­ings on 9378 1990, book­ings@ gar­rick­the­atre. asn. au or www. try­book­ing. com.

Ray Omodei is di­rect­ing The Way of the World.

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