The Critic (play)

The Critic (play)

"The Critic: or, a Tragedy Rehearsed" is a satire by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The last of his plays, it was first staged at Drury Lane Theatre in 1779. It is a burlesque on stage acting and play production conventions, and Sheridan considered the first act to be his finest piece of writing. One of its major roles, Sir Fretful Plagiary, is a comment on the vanity of authors and in particular a caricature of the dramatist Richard Cumberland.

Based on George Villiers' "The Rehearsal", it concerns misadventures that arise when an author, Mr Puff, invites Sir Fretful Plagiary and the theatre critics Dangle and Sneer to a rehearsal of his play "The Spanish Armada", Sheridan's parody of the then fashionable tragic drama.

ee also

*The Real Inspector Hound

References

*"Sheridan, Richard Brinsley." "Encyclopædia Britannica". 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 7 July 2007 .
*"Critic, The, or a Tragedy Rehearsed", "The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature". Ed. Margaret Drabble and Jenny Stringer. Oxford university Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online. 7 July 2007

External links

* [http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=7108 The Critic] , Free e-text at Project Gutenberg


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