The Way of the World
by William Congreve
Monday, February 4, 2019
Long Island City Library
37-44 21 Street
Our Classic Comedy in Queens reading series continues . . .
"One no more owes one's beauty to a lover than one's wit to an echo."
Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world. A pair of lovers are pitted against a host of manipulative characters, including the underhanded (and unhappily aging) Lady Wishfort and the villainous Fainall. It takes a healthy dose of scheming and blackmail to give Mirabell and Millafort a happy ending—or at least the ending they desire. The pinnacle of riotous Restoration comedies, Congreve’s play is an unexpectedly moving tale of the trials and tribulations of true love and true riches.