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The School for Scandal and Other Plays

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  207 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The three plays collected in this volume demonstrate Sheridan's unerring ability to create unrivalled comedy out of ingenious plots, witty repartee, farcical situations and flamboyant characters. And while he never overtly moralizes, Sheridan uses brilliant comedy to deflate hypocrisy and satirize the manners of his age. In The Rivals, Captain Absolute becomes his own riva ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published March 7th 1989 by Penguin Classics (first published 1988)
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Eighteen century satire on London's uppercrust society, that thrived on malicious gossip and character assasinations.
There are some extremely witty lines to be found here.
Sep 22, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
School for Scandal is brilliant. I got to see it performed after I read it and I enjoyed both experiences immensely. Got to love the verbal sparring.
John E. Branch Jr.
The Rivals: A courtship comedy involving multiple lovers and a couple of disguised identities. Still holds the stage, in part because of the presence of Mrs. Malaprop, whose habit of inadvertently using soundalike words introduced a new variety of verbal humor. (A fine modern example of a malapropism, which stuck in my mind some years ago, is "tuna camisole.")

The School for Scandal: A classic marriage comedy. Its basic situation, that of an older man who marries a young woman from the country in
Jul 06, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
The three plays reproduced here confirm that Sheridan's relatively brief career as a writer was not cut short by any lack of skill. "The Rivals" is a sort of "Catfish" in reverse, in which Romantic ideals are perforated and effectively deflated. "The Critic" has lost none of its edge as a critique of those who critique, demonstrating that, truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Best of all, "The School For Scandal" takes to task the eternal and malevolent spirit of alleged "wit" which has co ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Any rating less than 5 's for Sheridan's 'The School for Scandal' demands a reread. Sharp, witty, hilarious, and entertaining, 'The School for Scandal' is as close to 18th century comedic perfection as one can find. ...more
Nicola Lloyd

This is a review purely for The School For Scandal. The play is a part of the required reading for my English Literature course at Uni and this edition contains very helpful critical and contextual material.

The play itself is an amusing comment on society and it's obsession with surfaces, to the extent in which two characters are known as the Surface brothers. Standing in society becomes a game, manipulated by the Middle-Upper Class. As the play progresses, it becomes clear these individuals are
Jul 17, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The editorial matter is a tad disappointing. Cordner waffles on about staging history in his introduction to the plays, but there is little mention of the contexts, viz. the rise of sentimental comedy and Sheridan's reaction to it, &c. Issues of stage history and 'critical inheritance' are secondary; they should've gone in a separate monograph or else briefly mentioned in a paragraph or two. I find the New Mermaids edition of School better in that aspect. Else, the comedies themselves are no ...more
Oct 31, 2015 Hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, university
I only have to read The School For Scandal for university but I'm sure I'll be reading Sheridan's other plays soon. The School For Scandal was a short but intriguing play, full of lies and deceit, comedy and mishaps, all leading to an exciting conclusion. Another play which would be excellent to see live!
Sep 16, 2010 Rivka rated it really liked it
I was introduced to the plays of Mr. Sheridan by a reference to his play The Critic in Jane Austen's A History of England. That being said, it didn't surprise me that The Critic is one of the wittiest pieces of literature I've ever read! How I would love to any and all of these done on stage! I loved every minute of these plays and I look forward to revisiting them in the future.
Nov 01, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was surprised at how much humor there was in The School for Scandal, even if the plot didn't really make sense to me and also didn't seem complete. I couldn't get a good sense of some of the characters, especially Joseph Surface, and was rather disappointed with the ending.
Jan 25, 2011 Zan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good fun but it's got nothing on Wilde's social comedies. Though I wouldn't put it past Wilde to have pilfered a few ideas from Sheridan for his own works. I'm thinking of Lady Windermere's Fan and An Ideal Husband in particular.
Feb 06, 2013 psm rated it it was amazing
"school for scandal" or, how to get on in society. urbane, funny, sharp, sophisticated, & unsparing of human nature: wot literature should aim to be. lady sneerwell one of the great queen bees in the canon.
Sep 29, 2013 Bette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to the LA Theatreworks production while reading it (not always simultaneously) enhanced the experience. It's a lot of fun.
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan was an Irish-born playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. For thirty-two years he was also a Whig Member of the British House of Commons for Stafford (1780–1806), Westminster (1806–1807) and Ilchester (1807–1812). Such was the esteem he was held in by his contemporaries when he died that he was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminste ...more
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