The Caltech Playreaders
2020-2021: The 70th Season
All of our readings will be held at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:30 pm PDT
The Lying Valet by David Garrick
The Male Coquette by David Garrick
Directed by Cara King
More information about this event will be posted at a later date and its exact format will be subject to the ongoing COVID-19 situtation. The plays performed on each date are subject to change, please check back here for more information as each performance date approaches.
These two short comedies by the great 18th-century playwright David Garrick feature witty ladies and gentlemen and their even wittier servants in pursuit of love, money, and a good laugh. In The Lying Valet, manservant Sharp schemes to keep his master's fiancee ignorant of their poverty until the knot is firmly tied. In The Male Coquette, aristocratic Melissa disguises herself as a man to discover which of her handsome suitors is lying to her. Schemes, duels, disguises, romance, and mirth ensue, showing why the "Garrick fever" which seized London in 1741 is just as infectious nowadays.