SPARKISH
SPARKISH
a comedy in two acts

adapted from The Country Wife by William Wycherley:

". . one of the funniest plays in English . ."
Gerald Weales, The Reporter

". . a masterpiece, champagne of English late 17th-century jest."
Harold Clurman, Nation

". . some of the most salaciously funny scenes and speeches known to dramatic literature."
Time

"It is a brilliant play."
Brooks Atkinson, New York Times

CHARACTERS

Master Horner

Master Harcourt

Master Pinchwife

Master Sparkish

Sir Jasper Fidget

Mrs. Margery Pinchwife*

Mrs. Alithea**

My Lady Fidget

Mrs. Dainty Fidget*

Mrs. Squeamish**

*roles of Mrs. Margery Pinchwife and Mrs. Dainty Fidget can be shared by one player

**roles of Mrs. Alithea and Mrs. Squeamish can be shared by one player


SETTING

London

ACT I
Scene 1--Horner’s lodging
Scene 2--A room in Pinchwife’s house
Scene 3--A room in Pinchwife’s house
Scene 4--The New Exchange

INTERMISSION

ACT II
Scene 1--Pinchwife’s house in the morning
Scene 2--A bedchamber in Pinchwife’s house
Scene 3--Horner’s lodging
Scene 4--A room in Pinchwife’s house
Scene 5--Horner’s lodging
Scene 6--The Piazza of Covent Garden
Scene 7--Horner’s lodging


SYNOPSIS

That lewd rake-hell Harry Horner has caused himself to be reported "no man" so the cuckolds-to-be will let the libertine at their wives, foh! Will coxcomb Master Sparkish, that foppish wretch below injury, keep true wits Horner and that other bubbling rogue Harcourt, away from his seraphic lady (and from disparaging his parts)? ‘Tis a wicked, censorious world we live in!

© 1997 by Michael J. Farrand