Already closed | 2h 30m | West Village

The School for Scandal

From 74 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

About the show

Red Bull Theater presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century comic masterpiece about a world without privacy, morality, or taste. More…

After 17 years abroad, Oliver Surface returns home incognito to test the true characters of his nephews: Charles (a prodigal, apparently), and Joseph (a paragon, supposedly). Meanwhile, he discovers his old friend Peter Teazle has wed a young country wife and is in marital purgatory, being victimized in print and society by a spiteful team of imbeciles and rumor mongers. Featuring TV star Mark Linn-Baker and Tony nominee Dana Ivey.

2h 30m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (74)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining
84
Avg Score

87
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Fun

See it if you like timeless Restoration comedy done superbly. Great acting and clever staging. Smart plot, large cast, fast paced & fun.

Don't see it if you have trouble following old(er) English (not nearly Shakespearian) dialogue. It might be a bit of work.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if You enjoy comedic period pieces with colorful characters. It's a polished production and a fun time at the theater!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy period pieces or have difficulty understanding shows written in old english (although this is pretty easy to follow)

80
Clever, Quirky, Romantic, Great acting

See it if Red Bull always comes through with superior acting. Alas, I am not a lover of restoration comedy. A great job though

Don't see it if if farce is not your cup of tea.

74
Uneven, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy well-acted, smartly-staged Restoration comedy (which we don't get to see enough).

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 18th Century comedy or you are a Sheridan purist. (There were a lot of cuts/rewrites... mostly for the good imho.)

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You love classical comedies with complicated plots and an abundance of characters.

Don't see it if You can't stand classical British plays.

60
Slow, Fluffy, Dated, Uneven

See it if you enjoy 18th Century classics.

Don't see it if you prefer your comedies to be more modern.

78
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like old English period theater. Excellent acting and costumes. Amazingly relevant considering it was first seen in 1777.

Don't see it if don't want to work at a play. You must pay attention and concentrate on the dialects.

50
Banal, Confusing, Under-played, Slow

See it if you want to see Dana Ivey give her best Maggie Smith performance.

Don't see it if You've seen hilarious productions of this piece. This one doesn't live up.

80
Fun, good performances, still relevant

See it if You miss the dowager countess from downton abby, as Dana Ivey is great. The second act is better and very fun.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to pay close attention to the dialogue or can't tolerate broad humor

79
Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if I'm taking it down to the wire since the run ends today, but I recommend this enjoyable production of a truly brilliant play. Cast=delight.

Don't see it if Guess one could find a reason not to see it: okay, if you don't have the time or can't get in. What other?

75
Delightful, Funny, Banal, Great staging

See it if like farce "a comic dramatic piece that uses highly improbable situations, stereotyped characters, extravagant exaggeration etc"

Don't see it if if you like comedies, such as Shakespearean comedies, with a lot more substance and more subtle meanings.

81
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Well staged and very entertaining classic. A must for theater students.

Don't see it if You're not familiar with English. Not for tourists.

75
Ambitious, Raunchy, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if like period plays and period costumes

Don't see it if you don;t like old Shakespearean language

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Great writing

See it if you are familiar with Sheridan's plays or just enjoy 18th century witty comedies. Also, the cast is great!

Don't see it if you dislike classical stories, satires, or stories about disinformation and scandal.

81
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if A lively. well paced production with excellent acting by all including Dana Ivey, Mark Linn-Baker. Handsomely mounted and so entertaining!

Don't see it if the great classics don't appeal.

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you'd enjoy an exquisite comedy of manners that's brisk and sure-footed. Excellent costumes & wigs. Clever and snarky, in the best way!

Don't see it if you have zero tolerance for gossip, backbiting, sniping, plotting & lying... although the perpetrators are justly schooled in the end.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You are looking for a fun period play

Don't see it if you're looking for a thoughtful period drama

80
Delightful, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like "classical" comedy, performed with intelligence, energy and contemporary attitude. Design elements clever and part of the fun.

Don't see it if If costume drama ain't your thang. But if it is, see this.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy a great stylized restoration comedy of manners with superb acting.

Don't see it if you would not like a period comedy which is all about style over substance and do not appreciate masterful performances.

100
Delightful, Hilarious, Masterful production, Sheridan at it's best, A must see

See it if Flawless production of timeless play. Messages about gossip and scandal as relevant today as in 1777. Great cast. Pure delight!

Don't see it if Can;t think of a reason not to see it...unless it's because you can't get tickets or have a totally overbooked life.

90
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like farce and can appreciate terrific acting in this comedy of manners.

Don't see it if you don't "classic plays" from previous centuries

88
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Smart

See it if beautifully paced Restoration Comedy. Extremely clever dialogue from a period where there was snappy dialogue. Wonderful ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you like to just sit back and be entertained. This kind of comedy takes concentration to keep up with the subtleties.

71
Funny, Cliched, Dated, Relevant

See it if conflicting feelings as you are impressed that it was written 100s of years ago but not sure whether it is worth enjoying or not

Don't see it if you can't let go and be silly for a bit. it starts with a poop joke

92
Funny, Delightful, Great writing, Resonant

See it if classic tale of gossip ruining many lives, done with great wit and charm, including an impeccable cast and great direction.

Don't see it if well, there's really no reason not to see Sheridan's masterpiece - so go!

95
Clever, Exquisite, Funny, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if you like a good old fashioned (1777) sex comedy and/or you're into tweeting gossip about people. Red Bull's production is witty and fun!

Don't see it if you can't understand plays in language written before 1980.


April 27th, 2016
"A jaunty new production...First staged in 1777, the play mostly holds up; scandal, clearly, has always been with us. But Sir Peter, who does a great deal of complaining about his wife’s spending and the misery of marriage, was probably a lot funnier back in the day...Not so Ms. Cespedes, who len...
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April 26th, 2016
"Some of the comedy's rhythms have, to be sure, staled over the centuries, but the core recipe proves durable: Sheridan condemns society gossips, which, coincidentally, lets him put the naughtiest of them front and center. Happily, snark has no expiration date...Vietor does allow several performa...
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May 6th, 2016
“Marc Vietor’s smart and stylish, fully energized, delightfully over-the-top production brings together a dynamic 14-person cast...In their hands, a convoluted plot feels fresh and effortless...It’s a shame that the production officially opened at the height of the annual onslaught of Broadway op...
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April 25th, 2016
“It's a mystery: Vietor has put together a polished, handsome production; why doesn't it fizz like cyanide-infused champagne?...The company is technically skilled but wildly uneven in humorous comedic ability...We don't get ‘The School for Scandal’ regularly enough that any fan of Sheridan can af...
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