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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Massinger, Philip 1583-1640. English playwright known for his satirical comedies, most notably A New Way to Pay Old Debts (c. 1625).

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  • By this title Massinger's Bashful was written by the £arl of Corke.

    Biographia dramatica, or, A companion to the playhouse:

  • "taken" by the romantic comedy from the pen of Massinger, which is called _The Bondman_.

    Shakespeare and the Modern Stage with Other Essays

  • 'Massinger' (1805), which superseded that of Monck Mason and Davies

    Byron's Poetical Works, Volume 1

  • His editions of 'Massinger' (1805), which superseded that of Monck Mason and Davies (1765), of 'Ben Jonson'

    The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals. Vol. 1

  • With opulent costumes, masques, magic, music and puppetry, on the Swan's thrust stage, the bitter comedy is played out in a fashion that would have been familiar to Massinger's contemporary audiences—an authentic treat.

    A Frugal Family Rich in Satire

  • At the center is the younger brother, Luke (an appropriately mercurial performance by Jo Stone-Fewings), whom Sir John (a credibly scary Christopher Godwin) has just bought out from debtors' prison, and who is treated as a servant by the "ladified" (Massinger's scathing neologism) mother and her ghastly girls (Lucy Briggs-Owen and Matti Houghton, who can mimic mama's moues with ease.)

    A Frugal Family Rich in Satire

  • In these turbulent pre-Civil War times, the commercial competition of London life and the aping of courtly manners and extravagances by the merely wealthy made for the sort of edgy comedy that came from Massinger's own experience.

    A Frugal Family Rich in Satire

  • Massinger 1583-1640 was the son of an Elizabethan "new man," someone who became a provincial gentleman by his talents, not by birth.

    A Frugal Family Rich in Satire

  • Dominic Hill, in his RSC directorial debut, conveys all Massinger's surface vivacity.

    The City Madam – review

  • I also began to think TS Eliot had a point when he complained that Massinger may have had a moral intent but that his work exhibited "the disappearance of all the personal and real emotions which this morality supported".

    The City Madam – review

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