A Waspish City Comedy, Critiquing Caroline London, The City Madam Reworks Shakespeare S Measure For Measure As A City Comedy To Attack The Vices Of Hypocrisy, Greed, Self Indulgence And Social Pretension That Destroy Communality As The Citizen Sir John Frugal And His Daughters Spurned Suitors Return Disguised As Amerindians, Massinger Contrasts Their Feigned Godlessness With The Failure Of Christian Charity In 1630s London The Play Was Revived For A Staged Reading At Shakespeare S Globe In June 1995. When merchants, misers, misanthropes, mistresses, prostitutes, and thugs meet together in one play to make each other sufficiently miserable, what happens In The City Madam , Massinger, using the maximum bawdiness he could for the time period , weaves together a play full of characters that all hate each other and depend on each other, sometimes unknowingly In the 17th Century London of abundant street crime and pover
I found this to be the most enjoyable of the plays I ve read by Massinger Written in the 1600 s, the comedy lampoons English society, replete with its greed and pretense The story follows Sir John Frugal and the suitors of his daughters
One of his best comedies, I felt, if perhaps a touch outdated for the 1630s It would definitely work on stage, even at nearly fur centuries old. An adaptation of Shakespeare s Measure for Measure one of my fav s.
- 143 pages
- The City Madam, A Comedie.
- Philip Massinger
- 22 March 2018 Philip Massinger