The original text
A Victorian comedy of manners , or "society" drama, about the dangers of flirting. According to Barrett H. Clark (1915)] it has a skilful plot, clever dialogue and good-natured satire, but "[b]ehind all the amusement is the eternal 'lesson': that society in order to exist must adhere to a set of regulations, and that any infringement of its laws invariably brings social ruin".
The play was first performed at the Criterion Theatre, London, in October of 1897 and on Broadway in 1898. The text was first published in 1901.
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Performance history in South Africa
1902-3: Performed by Leonard Rayne at the Opera House, Cape Town, under the auspices of the Mouillot-De Jong Company, as part of a season of musical comedy and light opera beginning in December of 1902 and running into 1903.
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