Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” Is a Perennially Popular 1773 Comedy of Manners

The Deep Dish Theater Company cast of "She Stoops to Conquer" includes (from left) Brett Bolton, Brian Fisher, and George Rady (photo by Jonathan Young)
The Deep Dish Theater Company cast of “She Stoops to Conquer” includes (from left) Brett Bolton, Brian Fisher, and George Rady (photo by Jonathan Young)

The Deep Dish Theater Company will present She Stoops to Conquer, a perennially popular 1773 Comedy of Manners by Anglo-Irish playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith (1730-74), on Oct. 26-28, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, and Nov. 7-11 and 14-17 in Deep Dish’s performance space between The Print Shop and the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall in Chapel Hill, NC.

According to Deep Dish Theater Company:

“Wit and warmth are brought to life in Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th century comedy, She Stoops to Conquer …. Directed by Tony Lea, this chuckler continues the company’s 12th season at University Mall.

“A tongue-tied wreck with the ladies, young Mr. Marlow believes he can only talk to those beneath him, not a woman such as Kate Hardcastle, whom he is expected to wed. So, when Tony, Kate’s mischievous brother, leads him to an inn that appears to be run by buffoons and harboring the barmaid of his dreams — an inn that is in fact the Hardcastle estate — Marlow finds himself in the middle of class warfare of the most hilarious kind.

“”I love the story,’ said Deep Dish resident director [Tony] Lea. ‘As with all comedies, the truth lies in the degree to which we can recognize ourselves in the characters. And She Stoops to Conquer has beautifully drawn characters, exaggerated but recognizably human.’

“This Deep Dish production’s talented cast includes Brett Bolton, Steve Dobbins, Marcia Edmundson, Brian Fisher, Marilyn Gorman, Thom Gradisher, Thomas Porter, George Rady, Amelia Sciandra, Rebekah Vaisey, and Jeffrey Vizcaino. The design staff includes Kenneth Rowland (set), Liz Droessler (lights), David Serxner (costumes), Devra Thomas (properties), and Marc Maximov (sound). Jen Bauer is the stage manager.

“The theater will present post-performance discussions on Sunday, Oct. 28th (with dramaturg Karen Blansfield and director Tony Lea); Sunday, Nov. 4th (with Dr. Charlotte Sussman and the cast); and Thursday, Nov. 8th (‘Meet the Designers’). Karen Blansfield will give a pre-show, ‘Meet-the-Play’ talk on Friday, Nov. 2nd, at 7 p.m. The Deep Dish Book Selection, Steve Dublanica’s Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip — Confessions of a Cynical Waiter, will be discussed on Monday, Nov. 12th, at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books (http://www.flyleafbooks.com/)….

“The Deep Dish Theater Company is committed to presenting compelling, human-centered dramatic work that contributes to the cultural richness of the Triangle area and challenges audiences to explore concerns of the community and the world-at-large.”

The Deep Dish Theater Company also invites Triangle residents to come to Flyleaf Books on Nov. 12th to discuss the Deep Dish Book Selection:

“… [J]oin [us for] a lively, informal discussion of Steve Dublanica’s Waiter Rant … on Monday, Nov. 12th, at 7:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books. The conversation, presented in conjunction with the theater’s production run of She Stoops to Conquer, will be led by Evelyn Daniel and is FREE and open to the public. No prior attendance or registration is required.

“Based on a popular weblog, Waiter Rant chronicles the lives of wait staff and customers at ‘The Bistro,’ a restaurant in the New York area, as seen through the anonymous eyes of ‘The Waiter.’ From arrogant misbehavior to unseen moments of human grace, Waiter Rant presents a unique view of the food industry, from the other side of the table.

“Originally writing anonymously, ex-waiter Steve Dublanica was revealed in 2008 as the author behind the popular blog and New York Times bestseller, Waiter Rant. Dublanica began his blog in 2004, where he chronicled personal experiences gathered from waiting tables for seven years at Lanterna Tuscan Bistro in Nyack, NY, and continues to blog today.

“With every play it produces, Deep Dish Theater offers an accompanying Book Selection designed to broaden and enhance the theater-going experience. Familiarity with the book and/or the production is helpful, but the discussion can serve as an introduction to either as well.

“Flyleaf Books, a community-oriented, independent book store, is locally-owned by three long-time Chapel Hill residents with a love and knowledge of books, a commitment to providing stellar customer service, and experience in the book trade. The store is located at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd) in Chapel Hill, next to Foster’s Market.”

Deep Dish Theater Company presents SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, 3 p.m. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8, 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10, 2 p.m. Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15, and 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 in Deep Dish’s performance space between The Print Shop and the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall, at the intersection of Estes Dr. and U.S. 15-501, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514.

TICKETS: $21 ($19 seniors), except $2 discount Wednesdays and Thursdays, $10 per person on “Cheap Dish Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 31st (door sales only), and $14 for students to all performances.

BOX OFFICE: 919-968-1515 or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/news?n=99.

SEASON: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/productions.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/location.

NOTE 1: There will be post-performance discussions on Sunday, Oct. 28th (with dramaturg Karen Blansfield and director Tony Lea); Sunday, Nov. 4th (with Dr. Charlotte Sussman and the cast); and Thursday, Nov. 8th (“Meet the Designers”).

NOTE 2: Karen Blansfield will give a preshow, Meet-the-Play talk at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2nd.

NOTE 3: The Deep Dish Book Selection, Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica (http://waiterrant.net/), will be discussed 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12th at Flyleaf Books (http://www.flyleafbooks.com/), 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For more information, click http://www.deepdishtheater.org/news?n=105.


The Play (background): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Stoops_to_Conquer (Wikipedia).

The Script: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/383 (Project Gutenberg).

The Playwright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Goldsmith (Wikipedia).


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).