Satire

The Constant Couple

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George Farquhar


George Farquhar, the author of this comedy, was the son of a clergyman in the north of Ireland. He was born in the year 1678, discovered an …

The Inconstant

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George Farquhar


Subtitled "The Way to Win Him:, this play is placed in Paris - a change from many others of Farquhar's plays which used English setting…

The History of Troilus and Cressida (version 2)

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William Shakespeare


The History of Troilus and Cressida has long baffled critics and audiences alike for its inconsistent tone, which ranges from bawdy comedy t…

Monsieur De Pourceaugnac

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Molière


'Monsieur de Pourceaugnac', acted on October 6, 1669, is nothing but a farce. But Molière excels in farce as well as in higher comedy…

Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love

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Ben Jonson


"Cynthia's Revels," the second "comical satire," was acted in 1600, and, as a play, is even more lengthy, elaborate, and…

The Bores

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Molière


Moliere: "Never was any Dramatic performance so hurried as this; and it is a thing, I believe, quite new, to have a comedy planned, fin…

Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III

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François Rabelais


The five-volume work chronicling the adventures of father Gargantua and son Pantagruel is a vehicle for Rabelais' satire of sixteenth-centur…

Bob and Ray WOR 072 June 20, 1973


BNRToast


Wednesday, the last day of spring.  Bob & Ray discuss newsman Henry Gladstone’s musical ability.

Joan and Peter

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H. G. Wells


This is satirical look at the English educational system and society in the early twentieth century and the effect of World War I on them by…

The Old Bachelor

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William Congreve


"In The Old Bachelor we have three or four concurrent plots, which become interwoven, indeed, at the end.... It is recorded that the s…

The "Mind The Paint" Girl

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Arthur Wing Pinero


Another Pinero play from the early 1900s. With a social message about the effects of stardom on the star as well as those that love them. &q…

The Conscious Lovers

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Richard Steele


As early as 1720 Steele spoke in the Theatre of "a friend of mine" who was lately preparing a comedy according to the just laws of…

The Litigants

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Jean Racine


This play, which is neither a comedy or a farce but has elements in common with each, was first performed in 1668 at Paris, and afterwards a…

The Judgment of Eve

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May Sinclair


May Sinclair was a prolific author, literary critic, and feminist activist, famous in Britain and the US in the 1910’s and 20’s. The Judgmen…

Cupid's Cyclopedia

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Oliver Herford


This 1910 short work is by the English-born American humorist, satirist, and illustrator Oliver Herford, aided by another caricaturist and i…

The Notary's Nose

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Edmond About


Ironic and Satirical: A successful Parisian notary, Alfred L’Ambert, is smitten with a fourteen-year-old ballet dancer. After a quarrel, his…

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