Courtesy of Woodlawn Pointe
First performed in 1777, Irish satirist Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comedy of manners The School for Scandal
concerns a wealthy businessman who disguises himself as both a poor relative and a moneylender in order to determine which of his nephews deserves to inherit his massive fortune. Fueled by gossip, rumors and trickery, that 18th-century classic serves as loose inspiration for South African playwright Bernard J. Taylor’s original new farce Theatre for Scandal
. Promising an amusing dose of metadrama, the play employs the exaggerated nature of theater itself to amplify chatter surrounding a flamboyant gay actor who’s rumored to be straight and plots to “wreak vengeance on a macho stud who has betrayed a female friend.” Dave Cortez directs Stephen Poer, Aaron Ramos, Aurora Chase, Jose DeHoyos, Jayme Seward, Jonathan Schell and Greg Hinojosa (in drag) in the world premiere.