Three Centuries of Theater Conference and Performance at the Yale Rep

Yale Repertory Theatre will celebrate Yale University's 300th birthday by presenting a 300-year-old comic masterpiece, William Congreve's "The Way of the World," directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr., artistic director and dean of the Yale Drama School.

Yale Repertory Theatre will celebrate Yale University’s 300th birthday by presenting a 300-year-old comic masterpiece, William Congreve’s “The Way of the World,” directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr., artistic director and dean of the Yale Drama School.

Called the greatest comedy of manners ever written, “The Way of the World” is a playful social satire of upper class courtship. Armed with sparkling wit and sophisticated prose, lovers plot romantic and extra-marital dalliances and frame the first pre-nuptial agreement.

“The comedy of manners …has charmed audiences for three centuries, and ‘The Way of the World’ is perhaps the most lively, witty and rewarding of that extremely entertaining lot,” said Wojewodski. “Yale Rep audiences are in for a treat.”

The Yale Rep’s production of “The Way of the World” is the centerpiece of a month-long exploration, “Theatricality and Anti-Theatricality in the 18th Century,” which examines theatrical attitudes of the late 1600s and early 1700s and how they have changed over the past 300 years. “Theatricality and Anti-Theatricality in the 18th Century” is presented in celebration of the Yale Tercentennial, in conjunction with the Lewis Walpole Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Center for British Art and the University’s English department.

Related events include “Theater and the Painted Image,” an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art; “Et in arcadia ego: The Eighteenth Century of the 1920s,” a Lewis Walpole Library lecture at Yale Center for British Art on Feb. 16; “A Short, Short View of Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage,” selected scenes from Restoration plays, at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on Feb. 16; and a concert of 18th-century music at the Yale Center for British Art on Feb. 18.

“The Way of the World” runs from Feb. 9 through March 3, with performances on Mondays at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 17, Feb. 24, Feb. 28 and March 3.

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