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    The Wonder! A Woman Keeps A Secret

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    Celebrating female friendship has never been so much fun: This classic comedy of wit, intrigue and misunderstanding features greedy old men, comic servants and thwarted lovers in a true battle of the sexes. The Wonder! A Woman Keeps A Secret has been described as an "18th century Sex in the City." Susanna Centlivre (1669-1723) was the most performed playwright in the 18th century, after Shakespeare. The Wonder! A Woman Keeps A Secret, was David Garrick's favorite play, and he chose it for his farewell performance in 1776. Because history has obscured so many talented women artists, Swain calls this production "part of the great retrieval of women's history." Most of Centlivre's 19 plays were produced at the Drury Theatre in London, and The Wonder, first performed in 1714, was dedicated to her devoted patron, King George I. Orphaned at age 12, Centlivre managed to educate and support herself financially by writing plays, many of which pay homage to female intelligence.

    Dates:  Jan. 24, 2002 - Feb. 24, 2002
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., plus gala on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.
    Venue:  Gloria Maddox Theatre, 151 West 26th Street, 7th floor
    Price:  $15
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    Tickets/info:  (212) 741-0265

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