Marriage A-La-Mode. a Comedy. by Mr. Dryden
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Marriage A-La-Mode. a Comedy. by Mr. Dryden

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now fo...more
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Published May 29th 2010 by Gale Ecco, Print Editions (first published June 28th 1981)
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A comedy of concealed identities, attempted infidelities & untrustworthy friends, with a terribly improbable conclusion. I really enjoyed this lighthearted play that's somewhere between "A Comedy of Errors," William Congreve & Oscar Wilde. Here's a choice excerpt that demonstrates why:

Rhodophil: Prythee leave me to my own cogitation; I am thinking over all my sins to find for which of them it was I married thee.

Doralice: Whatever your sin was, mine's the punishment.
Read it for Plays, Players, Playgoers: London, 1600-1700.

This one is a bit schizophrenic, as it couples heroic tragedy with sex comedy, but the two elements never completely entertwine properly. It's an okay play; the wit is fun and Doralice and Rhodophil are great as the bickering married couple, but there's just not enough here.
For a 17th century play, this was hilariously bawdy and quite captivating. This play follows two plot lines: a royal tragedy concerning a lost and found heir, and a comedy about two couples who hate the one they're with. The writing is great, the characters touching and funny, and overall this is a wonderful piece.
[These notes were made in 1983:]. Read for exams. A "noble" (tho' not tragic) plot and a "comic" (i.e. sexual mixups) plot, almost entirely unconnected. Very curious, and fun - 2 plays for the price of one!
Amy C
a bit tough to adjust to the 18th century mannerisms, but overall a great, saucy play, full of lewd humour and hilarious intentions.
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John Dryden (19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came...more
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