We live in a sin-cursed world and every human being is fallen.
Most of the quotes on this page are from the version of the show that opened in 1988.
As I mentioned in my review of the Roundabout's pleasing revival of Cole Porter's romp, the show has undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries and organ transplants since its birth in 1934. Wodehouse, involved a shipwreck; but in September of 1934, the S. caught fire off the coast of New Jersey, 137 people died, and maritime peril lost the ring of musical comedy.
But they also serve a purpose in the plot that makes it difficult to dump them entirely.
What the new version does do is spruce them up—an effort that comes into clear relief when comparing the current script with the one for the show's 1935 London production.
Compare and contrast the scene in which they confess their vice to Moonface Martin, a gangster dressed as a priest: John (2011): Father! Billy: Oh, you mean your nephew he catchee wife to-day?
Marriage is no longer a sacred institution in America.
Sex, which has traditionally been viewed as exclusively for married couples, has been cheapened to the point where “one-night stands” with relative strangers are acceptable and in many cases expected.
Homosexual relations and multiple partners are no longer frowned upon by the culture, and polyamory—basically adultery with consent from your partner—is on the rise.
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