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London Assurance

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Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Great staging

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A parade of eccentric characters and merry mishaps ensue in Dion Boucicault's 1841 comedy of manners.

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Great acting, Contrived, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if Excellent comic stage presence made the hijinks work. Witty wordplay with expressive Elizabethan language. Detailed period set & costumes.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in a 19th century romantic farce that goes on for 2 1/2 hours. Simple characters, elaborate speech. Read more

Fluffy, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Dated

See it if to see an elegantly staged 19th C farce, wherein love triangles, deceptions & hijinx abound and lead to a predictable (but satisfying) end.

Don't see it if u seek something heady, deep or contemporary; u don't appreciate 19th Century comedy of manners; u expect the biting wit of Shaw or Wilde.

Critic Reviews (10)

December 15th, 2019

"‘London Assurance’ Minds Its Manners: A 19th-century comedy from Dion Boucicault, at the Irish Repertory Theater, showcases some delicious characters in an imperfect vehicle."
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December 15th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Inspires more grins more than guffaws. But while this antique can never truly shake off all its dust, Moore is blessed to have gifted stage vet McPhillamy in the central role...It's a testament to the artistry of this production that it makes the play so assuredly agreeable."
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December 15th, 2019

"London Assurance is a Victorian Comedy About Old Man Swagger: Dion Boucicault's breakthrough comedy gets a revival at the Irish Rep."
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January 2nd, 2020

"'London Assurance' is a perfect whirligig of complications, all of them neatly tidied up, in time for the final curtain, by a playwright more interested in symmetry than reality."
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December 15th, 2019

"To be sure, Boucicault's comedy isn't a masterpiece, but it's silly fun, especially with a cast that's having a good time, which the Rep's company certainly is. And although the production could use a little tightening...this 'London Assurance' is a holiday treat the whole family can enjoy."
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December 15th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "While the pleasures of the play may be eternal, modern productions require a particular dexterity. This production's shortcomings notwithstanding, it's not a bad place to spend a chilly evening."
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December 15th, 2019

"Fortunately, the Irish Repertory Theatre's founder and award-winning director Charlotte Moore has found the right formula to pull this tricky kind of comedy off with her assured production of Dion Boucicault's 1841 play London Assurance."
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December 29th, 2019

"'London Assurance' is still a witty and lively play after almost 180 years. With its farcical elements laid over a drawing room comedy plot, Charlotte Moore's adroit production...mines the play for all of its humor and wisdom concerning the foibles of human nature and self-delusion."
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December 19th, 2019

Score: 70% "TA huge cast on a tiny stage benefits from some lively choreography. Mugging at the audience is encouraged. And a few vaudevillian tricks work surprisingly well. The price of a ticket buys you a little 'time travel.'"
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December 31st, 2020

"It's all very foolish, of course. Nevertheless, when invested with the sprightly, British-accented manner affected here, especially that of McPhillamy's marvelously posh Harcourt, broad yet rakishly droll, it's a price we willingly pay to suspend our disbelief so we can laugh at the results."
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