03/05/1979 – 12/05/1979
Presented by Old Scream Theatre.
Together with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of being Ernest’, Charlie’s Aunt has come to be regarded as a standard example of the traditional English “comedy of manners”. Essentially the play is a farce: confusion & chaos abound. Thomas lampoons those things he sees as the more ludicrous elements of upper-class society in late Victorian England. It satirizes university “types’, demure young ladies, retired colonels, provincial lawyers, pecuniary marriages and, most important, the conventions of chaperons. Old Scream Theatre’s production of “Charlie’s Aunt” aims at highlighting these features while simultaneously exposing and exaggerating the idiosyncrasies and quirks of both Thomas’s style and the style of theatre at the time.