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"Wife" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan is a satirical comedy that provides a witty and humorous take on the societal expectations placed on women in the 18th century. The play follows the antics of Lady Restless, who constantly seeks attention and admiration from those around her while neglecting her duties as a wife. Through clever dialogue and exaggerated characters, Sheridan highlights the absurdity of the cultural norms that objectify and limit women.

The play is well-crafted, with sharp dialogue and clever plot twists that keep the audience engaged from start to finish. The characters are all caricatures of different roles in society, from the jealous husband to the flirtatious socialite, allowing for plenty of comedic moments and moral lessons to be drawn from their interactions.

Overall, "Wife" is a delightful and engaging play that offers a sharp critique of the gender roles and societal expectations of the time. Sheridan's wit and humor shine through in each scene, making for an entertaining and thought-provoking read.

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volunteers bring you 22 recordings of A Wife, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 13, 2021.
Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan was an Irish playwright and poet. In this little gem, he turns an intended insult on its head. - Summary by TriciaG

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