Lord Digitos, a nobleman and legend in his own mind, is a skirt chaser whose faithful wife has decided she’s had enough. His friend, Lord Avari, is a miser but inveterate gambler whose betting debts will bankrupt the household and gain him a beating or worse. His wife, too, has decided it is time he learned his lesson. The two ladies contrive to turn the tables and make the lords suffer so as to shame them into becoming better men. With the help of the kitchen maids, the guards and even Avari’s valet, they put on a show of a manor house gone mad: The chaser of skirts is himself chased, the miser’s gold is proven useless to save beloved lives, the faithful lady is wooed and fought for, then accused of witchcraft! Written in the language and style of the English-speaking Renaissance era, and meant to be performed in the Commedia style, this raucous and light-hearted tale of love and deception, loss and redemption is a play with a moral that does not preach. In the ancient tradition of comedy it holds up the worst in us for ridicule, and the best in us for applause.
Being a short but most delightful Commedia dell’Arte Play, Intended for the Amusement and Edification of Persons Highborn or Common, Consisting of One Act in Two Scenes, Without Intermission and Imparting a Moral Lesson of Great Significance regarding Love, Treachery and Redemption, Suitable for both Men and Women but Presenting a Significant Number of Indecent Innuendos and Libertine Locutions So as to be Unsuitable for Children.
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