“Cimolino’s command of the material [The School for Scandal] is evident from the production’s first moment, a cold open which has lead actor Geraint Wyn Davies wandering onstage in street clothes holding a smartphone. Just a few lines connecting our contemporary era of scandal to this historical one (and a selfie) later, and the set launches into the first in its series of magical transformations, in which walls glide back and forth, shift diagonally, and even fold up like the corrugated interior of a box.
It’s Wyn Davies that provides the audience its emotional anchor: Sir Peter is the play’s lone straight-shooter, the only central figure who never dissembles. His lovable vulnerability is totally winning, but the character also discovers his steel when, in the final act, he oh-so-satisfyingly orders the frivolous secondary characters to “leave my house.”
Taylor makes the most, too, of Lady Teazle’s complexities — a country girl with a shot at big-city renown, she slowly grows in appreciation of her husband’s virtues and their environment’s corrosiveness. The pair bring remarkable psychological depth to a big argument scene mid-play.”
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