Title: The appearance of ease and effortlessness in the unique world of restoration comedy : "he who wins with the least effort--wins" (abstract)
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Title: The appearance of ease and effortlessness in the unique world of restoration comedy : "he who wins with the least effort--wins" (abstract)
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Language: English
Creator: Wildman, Karl
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Publication Date: 2007
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Summary of Performance Option in Lieu of Thesis
Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the
Degree of Master of Fine Arts

THE APPEARANCE OF EASE AND EFFORTLESSNESS IN THE UNIQUE WORLD OF
RESTORATION COMEDY: "HE WHO WINS WITH THE LEAST EFFORT--WINS"

By

Karl Wildman

December 2007

Chair: Kevin Marshall
Major: Theatre

A Restoration comedy of manners performance presents many challenges to the

contemporary actor and audience. This unique genre was created for a rarefied English audience,

an aristocratic class who fully expected to see themselves wittily lampooned upon the stage.

Therefore, much of the humor and wit that dominates Restoration comedies is by design an

in-joke for the in-crowd. In addition to making the story and humor accessible to a modern day

audience, the actor must negotiate the performance demands intrinsic to the genre. An effortless

facility with heightened language, movement upon the stage, lavish costuming, and calculated

presentation of self must be mastered by the actor to accomplish the essential qualities of a

Restoration performance.

This report documents an actor's journey while creating the role of Dorimant, the

libertine hero, in the University of Florida's production of The Man of Mode; or, Sir Fopling

Flutter. This rarely produced Restoration comedy of manners by George Etherege was chosen to

provide student actors and designers with an opportunity to tackle one of theatre's most

challenging genres.




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