What is the ideal marriage? In John Dryden’s Marriage a la Mode audiences will take a close look at various relationships and examine the ups and downs of married life. With a pair of young sweethearts, a libertine philanderer, a love-starved wife, and unrequited lovers, this tragicomedy examines the funny and heartbreaking aspects of love. Audiences will get to judge for themselves if there really is an ideal marriage.
Since this play features two drastically different plots, some productions choose to omit the serious, heroic plotline and mount only the comedic, love-focused plotline.
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