ART Picks: The Country Wife

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The Country Wife has been shocking audiences and selling out theaters since 1675. Image: Lauren D. Rogers and Tommy Thompson The Country Wife has been shocking audiences and selling out theaters since 1675. Image: Lauren D. Rogers and Tommy Thompson

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The Country Wife is filthy. So filthy, in fact, that it was banned from the stage for 171 years, so it’s obviously awesome. William Wycherley’s Restoration farce offers a plethora of lewd puns, lascivious innuendo, and outright ribaldry in a classically structured, three-fold plot as it plays out the stories of rakish Harry Horner and his ambitious plans to bed as many of London’s finest ladies as possible with a devious angle, the sexual re-education of naïve Margery Pinchwife, and its notable effects on her ho-hum marriage and humdrum friends.

Friday 1/18 through 4/7 Pay what you will, 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse at American Shakespeare Center, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. (540) 851-1733.

 

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