Books Like The Critic by Richard Brinsley Sheridan | Suggesting Reading

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Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600) features a band of actors who rehearse their tragedy, The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisby, with hilarious results. Act 5 of A Midsummer Night's Dream features the play's performance.

Like The Critic, Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off (1982) consists of rehearsals for a play where nothing happens as it should. Like A Midsummer Night's Dream, Noises Off ends with the audience watching the play they just saw being rehearsed.

The Rivals (1775), Sheridan's first play, is a comedy concerning the thwarted (but eventually reconciled) love between Captain Absolute and Lydia Languish. The play is famous for the character of Mrs. Malaprop, Lydia's aunt who makes a number of "malapropisms," humorous linguistic errors ("As headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile").

Sheridan's The School for Scandal (1777), considered by many to be his masterpiece, follows the...

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