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She Stoops to Conquer (TACT)

From 79 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

About the show

TACT presents a revival of Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 comedy of manners, which combines heightened language with great heart and timeless humor. More…

This celebrated romantic comedy pits country manners against city snobbery, and features mistaken identities, rustic rubes, and a barmaid who isn’t what she appears to be. Directed and adapted by TACT's Artistic Executive Director, Scott Alan Evans, this production takes a fresh, streamlined look at this classic and includes some audience participation.

Member Reviews (79)


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

Great writing, Fun, Entertaining, Fun staging, Good old-fashioned

See it if Fun old-fashioned but freshly done comedy of manners. Fun characters & staging. Well acted. Smart strong women.

Don't see it if This is not a lavish or polished production. It is fun nonetheless. The language is old, but not overly so.

Enjoyable, Entertaining, Charming, Delightful

See it if you'd like to see an able, talented cast have a good time with this classic comedy of manners; you seek an enjoyable theatrical diversion.

Don't see it if you can't (for some reason) abide 18th Century British comedies; you're a linguist/study dialects. [The accents vary widely in authenticity]

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if Charming revival of Goldsmith's seldom seen Restoration comedy. Impeccable acting from TACT ensemble

Don't see it if Farcical situations & broad comedy don't entertain you; trouble with multiple plot lines

Dated, Excruciating, Boring, Amateur-level acting, Poor direction

See it if you've never seen a version of this play, and don't want to wait around for the next one. Be forewarned: This production is terrible.

Don't see it if you know there is a better version elsewhere.

Also Acting is all over the map. There is no consistent style. Costumes are... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like period pieces, costumes, mix ups, convoluted plots. Funny. Excellent acting. TACT always had good productions. Goldsmith important

Don't see it if you have a hard time with English cadence of the 1600's. Kinda like Shakespeare (but not). Not for everyone although well done.

Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Great acting from a winning cast very well staged.

Don't see it if Want more meat to your shows - then again, it's the script not the production.

Ambitious, Delightful, Hilarious, Clever

See it if if you'd enjoy a modern adaption of a classic play from 1773; enjoy good ensemble acting; want to support a good resident theatre company.

Don't see it if you don't like revivals, prefer your drama modern and edgy.

Also I HATED Toby's accent and it really, really grated on me for the entir... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Enjoyable

See it if you enjoy Brit humor, want to see a fun show, and have a few good laughs.

Don't see it if have trouble with British accents or looking for drama

Also Overall the acting was good with some better than others. No message t... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You enjoy the classics.

Don't see it if you lack a sense of humor

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like classic (1700s) farce/comedy. You can follow non-modern language.

Don't see it if You need full sets to enjoy a show. You want modern language. You can't set aside modern ideas about dating and women.

Also There was some absolutely tremendous acting in this play. It was very ... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh, enjoy excellent acting and want to see a groundbreaking comedy from the 18th century

Don't see it if you don't like a goofy type comedy from th 1700s; you don't like period type plays; you want a contemporary play

Funny, Delightful, Fluffy, Entertaining, Charming

See it if Farces

Don't see it if dislike farces

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Minimal staging/maximum impact

See it if you want to see a classic, well done and witty.

Don't see it if you are not in a mood for well-done farce.

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You want to see Goldsmith's comedy performed by a fantastic cast, and like to laugh

Don't see it if dont want to see an old play that is in a great space.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Silly

See it if You enjoy revivals, watching competent actors have a thoroughly good time on stage and silly & fun comedy of manners

Don't see it if You are interested in high budget productions, fancy sets, and prefer serious drama or more realistic, contemporary plots

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like 18th century romantic comedy. This clever play has lasted thru the ages. This production is bare bones but offers a lot of fun.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with English accents, fast-paced dialogue and light subject matter.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like historical comedy, can deal with classical language and a variety of British accents, but aren't a purist about production values.

Don't see it if Classical language and period theater isn't your thing. You can't appreciate a modern take on the classics, and don't like small, innovative

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate theater in an intimate setting with clever staging and a talented cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for slick broadway staging.

Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if I get to see about 2 broadway shows a month with a critic friend (lucky me!), and I really enjoyed this production. Great acting & songs.

Don't see it if can't think of anything!

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy a well written and well acted play

Don't see it if you are only interested in modern day comedy

Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Great writing

See it if you're interested in so-called classic theatre, very inventive direction, good acting, the company is a delight, a fun evening

Don't see it if you are only familiar with contemporary theatre and you are hesitant to expand your theatre experience.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if If you're interested in classic comedy and origin stories for the great comic characters in theater

Don't see it if Have no patience for mistake identity stories

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy comedic period pieces. Quite funny with a great cast that delivers the fun. Nice touch with the cast sitting on the sidelines....

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle and dazzle over the top productions or if 'older style language' doesn't appeal.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like Restoration Comedy with its very complex literate language.

Don't see it if Don't want to listen carefully to the old fashioned language and rather silly plot.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if ...enjoy classic British stage comedies, or their modern counterparts.

Don't see it if you have little patience for language that isn't dumbed down, contemporary speech or prefer toilet humor.

October 16th, 2016
"The jokes and one-liners in Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer,' a flagrantly silly comedy about love and mistaken identity, still hit the mark...Though it slouches for a few scenes in the beginning, the Actors Company Theatre production rights itself in the end and delivers some good old-fashio...
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October 22nd, 2016
"An evening that ought to be uproarious is little more than mildly amusing. The problem, I think, is that Scott Alan Evans has pressed his cast to maintain such a cheerful, friendly tone that the play's wellsprings of laughter are severely discounted. These nice people don't really mean it, do th...
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October 17th, 2016
"Lacking polish and with intrusive direction, this revival of Goldsmith’s classic 18th-century comedy of manners is an amiable but dull affair. The recorded snippets of harpsichord music periodically played are about the only energizing element of this dutiful production...Most crucially, it’s no...
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October 17th, 2016
"The cast and crew have managed to execute a purely delightful production at a time when the theater is too often used as a soapbox...The cast knows exactly what they’re doing, and the chemistry between one another allows the story to flow freely...For a show that premiered in 1773, it holds up r...
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