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  The Way of the World at Folger Theatre

The Way of the World

Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington

Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage -- a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much for her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal -- but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land inhabited by the Hamptons' one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted by Theresa Rebeck (co-creator of the hit TV show Smash and Broadway's Seminar and Mauritius) from William Congreve's classic comedy of manners, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class. See on the stage of Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Thru - Feb 11, 2018

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm 7:00pm

Price: $35-$79

Box Office: 202-544-7077

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  The Way of the World Reviews
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...We're not even accorded in this world of conspicuous consumption the magnitude of a runway show that would keep our own eyes popping. Costume designer Linda Cho has the right idea, cheekily fusing the silhouettes of London in 1700 and Amagansett in 2018. But quel dommage! It looks as if the costume budget was slashed halfway through rehearsals. No way would a showboat such as Rene be caught dead in the same get-up - a frilly number that makes her look like a mauve Tower of Pisa - three different times in a crowd that considers Vogue the Holy Bible. And neither, for that matter, would poisonous bon mot-slingers such as Katrina (Erica Dorfler) and Charles (Brandon Espinoza) survive with closets consisting of a single outfit. "
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Peter Marks

MetroWeekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...Sometimes it just doesn't come together. Theresa Rebeck's adaptation and direction of William Congreve's The Way of the World has all the right ingredients: a fun concept, cleverly updated language, a few irreverent references, and an energetic ensemble. But with an entertaining first act and a tiresome second, the whole thing is a bit too much like a full-of-themselves party guest who just won't leave."

Kate Wingfield

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...THE WAY OF THE WORLD nails society's obsession with the skin-deep and the absurdities of the very rich. Most importantly, it's laugh-out-loud funny - often because it's true."
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Barbara Johnson

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...Nielsen, a familiar presence on and off Broadway, takes over the stage whenever she appears, a deliciously over-the-top presence mugging, popping her eyes, and pursuing romantic adventures wherever they may (or may not) appear. Her Rene rambles on about how she is a job creator, listing the interior decorators, landscapers, caterers, and other professionals who help maintain her estate. Huberth and Sottile are a well-matched couple and Morris is a delight as she shifts from one underpaid job to another."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...The performances are first-rate, and the creative team full of innovative ideas. The set (Scenic Design is by Alexander Dodge) is largely white (very New York) and in a backdrop of white boxes we see a number of items; a purse, a necklace, drinks, even hats. This underlines the obsession with things which is at the heart of the production. Lighting, equally skilled, is by Donald Holder, a Helen Hayes nominee for Salome last year. Sound design (M.L. Dogg) includes some well-chosen contemporary hits. The costumes, by Linda Cho, are full of color and variety, and not at all naturalistic. Perhaps this is to emphasize the fable-like aspects of the story."
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Sophia Howes

MD Theatre Guide - Somewhat Recommended

"...But Rebeck's attempt to shoehorn a modern take into Congreve's dusty play is ultimately problematic. Is it true, as Henry and Mae's Aunt Rene insist, that Mae doesn't care about Haiti and that her altruism is a substitute for a rebound man? What does it say that she takes back this cad even as he continues to manipulate her? Why does Mae slur her just-past-50 aunt as a "slut" for daring to seek a sex life? Rebeck wants to say something about the mores of the upper class, and the independence of women, but it's not clear what - and remains unclear with the unsatisfying ending."
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Peter Orvetti

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