We seldom see Restoration comedies performed these days, and I don’t know why. Their verbal cleverness, sexual innuendo and farcical plots — with both sexes dressed in absurdly elaborate finery — play very well today, over 300 years after Charles II revitalized English theaters after they’d been shuttered by the Puritans. Suddenly, sexual permissiveness, barbed parodies of aristocrats and celebrity gossip burst forth, and the newly liberated Brits finally let women perform on London stages. The University of the Arts offers a rare treat by producing George Etherege’s 1676 comedy The Man of Mode or Sir Fopling Flutter, directed by seasoned pro Neill Hartley, an engagingly silly romp through drawing rooms and bedchambers by bewigged libertines and bosom-baring enchantresses.
Sept. 26-29, $10-$20, Caplan Studio Theater, University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St., 16th floor, 215-717-6450, tickets.uarts.edu.