For a short period of time a canny observer will ﬁnd a time traveller’s portal on the south side of West 22nd Street. The price of a ticket for the Irish Rep’s London Assurance puts you smack in the middle of the nineteenth century. Revivals of nineteenth-century comedies probably struggle for an audience. If you read “farce” and walk in to London Assurance looking for The Play That Goes Wrong... Read more
Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage with a revival of London Assurance, written by Dion Boucicault and directed by Charlotte Moore.
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In London Assurance, a high-spirited farce, the vain and lustful Sir Harcourt Courtley travels to Oak Hall to meet his bride-to-be, the charming young Grace Harkaway, whose hand comes with £15,000 a year. But when the beautiful and vibrant Lady Gay Spanker joins the party, Sir Harcourt becomes too enamored with her to notice that Grace is falling in love with his young son Charles, who has arrived in disguise, pursued by his creditors! A parade of eccentric characters and merry mishaps ensue in this classic comedy of manners.