Written by royal command as a play about Falstaff in love, this delightful comedy is more about how chaste wives chasten their jealous husbands. A merry tale of love, shame and sexual misadventure, this is the most Elizabethan of Shakespeare’s comedies.
“It was my first male role and I didn’t know how to swagger. It’s a question of physiognomy. Women just don’t have the stuff to do it with. One day it just happened and I shouted out, “I’m swaggering! I’m swaggering!”…Frank Rich [of The New York Times] really got what I was trying to do with the role. He saw that, in the last scene, a tragic character appears.”
–Pat Carroll (Falstaff) in An American Classic: Shakespeare Theatre Company
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