A raucous comedic romp about a practical joke that leads to mistaken identities, and a young woman clever enough to use it to her advantage.
She Stoops to Conquer
By Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Makaela Pollock
Performed at the Center Theatre
March 19, 2019–April 14, 2019
A Dizzying Delight. Marlow, the young man that Kate Hardcastle desires, is too shy to talk to well-born ladies. When a practical joke has him believing she’s a working class barmaid, Kate seizes the opportunity. She hatches a plan with her cousin Constance, but it throws the whole household into madcap mayhem in order to conceal her identity. While wrangling her meddling step-mother, blusterous father, and rascally step-brother, can Kate convince Marlow to love her for who she really is?
Dial the Funny Up to 11. Mistaken identities, romantic entanglements, mischief-makers, and clowns, it’s easy to see hints of Shakespeare in Goldsmith’s raucous 18th Century hit. Filled with pranks and hijinks, the play’s brilliantly comic characters deliver belly-laughs by the handful and wraps up with one of the cleverest cross matches in theatre.
Rolling with Laughter. Spirited and warm-hearted, She Stoops to Conquer immediately draws an audience into its giddy world and makes you never want to leave. Makaela Pollock, whose Tartuffe for Seattle Shakespeare Company was praised by the Seattle Times as “masterclass in comic genius” returns to stage this blissfully funny show.
Run time: 2 hours and 37 minutes with one intermission.
Makaela Pollock (Director), Chelsea Cook (Costume Designer), Julia Hayes Welch (Scenic Designer), Brendan Milburn (Composer/Music Director), Andrew D. Smith (Lighting Designer), Robin Macartney (Props Designer), Larmar Legend (Choreographer), Miranda C. Pratt (Stage Manager), Nina Williams-Teramachi (Assistant Stage Manager).
Cast (in alphabetical order)
Shanna Allman (Kate), Julie Briskman (Mrs. Hardcastle), Karen Jo Fairbrook (Stino/Madam Marlow), Basil Harris (Tony Lumpkin), Harry Todd Jamieson (Musician), Lamar Legend (Hastings), Jocelyn Maher (Constance), Evan Mosher (Musician), MJ Sieber (Marlow), Steven Tran (Musician), R. Hamilton Wright (Mr. Hardcastle).