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.