Played out through the folly, opportunism, and greed enabled by an official's visit to a small Russian town, The Government Inspector is a comedy of errors devoid of sympathetic characters, and a scatching indictment of what Gogol saw as the corrupt political machinations of Imperial Russia.
A darkly satirical play from Paula Vogel written at the height of the AIDS crisis. As a young woman is diagnosed with a mysterious new illness, she and her beloved brother flee to Europe in search of a cure…and to escape the pain and uncertainty of the future.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Sheridan's clever farce on the pretensions of the theatrical world, includes the splendid Mr Puff.
Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Earnest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
Razor-sharp wit inflames a competitive game of survival in the salons of 17th century France where, in this world of "finest appearances," one man's blunt honesty shatters his society's delicate web of manners.
In Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play, Johann Mobius, the world’s greatest physicist, is locked away in a madhouse along with two other scientists. Why? Because he is haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon, and the other two are convinced they are Einstein and Newton. But are these three actually mad? Or are they playing a murderous game with the world at stake? This darkly comic satire probes the cost of sanity among men of science and whether it is the mad who are the truly sane.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic of contemporary Western literature. Dorian Gray, the subject of artist Basil Hallward's painting, becomes obsessed with his own vanity, and adopts a brand of hedonism that ultimately leads to his own misery and demise.
In a world increasingly confronted with a surge towards neofascism, Bertolt Brecht's searing parallel between the rise of Hitler and his henchman in 1930s Germany and Chicago's gangster overlords has rarely been more poignant. As prolific racketeer, Arturo Ui, is recruited as a last resort to provide 'protection' to the ailing Cauliflower Trust, Brecht weaves a grotesque and gruesome tale of the rise of the right.
Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Jack to the wealthy Lydia Languish.
In The School for Husbands, a tyrannical husband-to-be seeks to isolate his ward, while unwittingly carrying her messages of devotion to her lover. In The Imaginary Cuckold an enraged husband imagines his wife is unfaithful, but is reluctant to defend his honour.
Beware the gossips! Lady Sneerwell and her hireling Snake are certainly up to no good in this timeless send-up of hypocritical manners. Thanks to their scandal-mongering, the comely Lady Teazle must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband―as well as every other gossip in London.
In this biting comedy of errors, the hapless Arnolphe is undone by his own double dealing and double standards.