With Fainall as the show-off jock, Mrs. Fainall as his studious steady, Marwood as the jealous fashionista, Millamant as the popular cheerleader, Witwoud and Mincing as her entourage of nerds, and Mirabell as the time-stopping, aside-giving charmer, where better to play the games of Congreve than in a Bayside High-styled school?
Witwoud, Mincing, Millimant, Mr. Fainall, Mirabell, Mrs. Fainall, and Mrs. Marwood
“Men are ever in extremes; either doting or averse.”
“To be free, I have no taste of those insipid dry discourses with which our sex of force must entertain themselves apart from men.”
“Bless me, how have I been deceived! Why, you profess a libertine.”
We all knew that couple in high school – the ones who act “married.”
A rare introspective moment for Fainall…or is he just admiring his triceps?
Old flames reunite – Mirabell and Mrs. Fainall
New flames ignite – Mr. Fainall and Mrs. Marwood
At your service – Millimant and her “shoal of fools.”
“I confess I do blaze to-day; I am too bright.”
A battle of the wits between Mirabell and Millamant.
A battle of the witless between Mincing and Witwoud.
“I love to give pain.”
“Your true vanity is in the power of pleasing.”
Who knew a pencil and pencil sharpener could be so innuendo-laden?
The original setting – St. James Park – became St. James High.
“I would beg a little private audience too. “
Alone at last.
“There is something very moving in a lovesick face.”
Now I’ll be melancholy, as melancholy as a watch-light.”
“Well, what do you say to me?”
Mirabell makes his move.
“I will leave you to consider; and when you have done thinking of that, think of me.”
Asides became “Time Outs,” where Mirabell could directly address the audience. ’90s TV had it all figured out for us.