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Provoked Wife: A Comedy

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Provoked Wife by John Vanbrugh is a delightful comedy that captivates the reader with its witty dialogue and clever plot twists. The play follows the tumultuous marriage of Lady Brute and Sir John Brute, painting a humorous yet insightful picture of the dynamics between husbands and wives in the 17th century.

Vanbrugh’s sharp wit and satirical commentary on marriage and gender roles make Provoked Wife a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today. The characters are vibrant and well-developed, each with their own flaws and quirks that add depth to the story.

The plot unfolds in a series of hilarious misunderstandings and farcical situations, keeping the reader engaged and entertained until the very end. Vanbrugh’s mastery of language and wit shines through in every scene, making Provoked Wife a joy to read.

Overall, Provoked Wife is a charming and humorous comedy that offers a thought-provoking exploration of societal norms and relationships. Vanbrugh’s clever writing and sharp observations are sure to leave a lasting impression on readers of all ages.

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This Restoration Comedy follows Lady Brute as she decides whether or not to cuckold her coarse and unloving husband. Not as brash and farcical as Vanbrugh's earlier play "The Relapse," "The Provoked Wife" comments on society and matrimony in a surprisingly modern way. - Summary by WendyKatzHiller Cast of Characters: Constant: Adrian Stephens Heartfree: Gred Giordano Sir John Brute: Alan Mapstone Treble, a Singing-Master : ToddHW Rasor, Valet de Chambre to Sir John Brute: Larry Wilson Justice of the Peace: Wayne Cooke Lord Rake, Companion to Sir John: Algy Pug Col. Bully, Companion to Sir John Brute: ToddHW Constable: Leon Cole Watchman: James R. Hedrick Lady Brute: WendyKatzHiller Belinda, her Niece: Jenn Broda Lady Fancyfull: Kelly Taylor Mademoiselle: Sonia Cornet, Servant to Lady Fancyfull: Yuqing Pipe, Servant to Lady Fancyfull: CCatharina Lovewell: stepheather Servant: miaroy Footman: redrun Porter: Alan Mapstone Taylor: stepheather Page: Rapunzelina Stage Directions: TR Love

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