What might be surprising once you stop just looking at the piece (which debuted 80 years ago) and start listening to it is how cynical—or perhaps just realistic—Maugham’s take on upper middle class mores and marriage is. The plot revolves around happily married Constance Middleton (Dana Green), whose conventional mother (Carolyn Michel) and busybody sister (Jessi Blue Gormezano) have differing opinions on whether or not to inform Constance of the infidelity of husband John (Bryan Torfeh) with good friend Marie-Louise (Julie Lachance). Mother believes not; after all, Constance “sleeps well, eats well and dresses well, and she’s losing weight. No woman can be unhappy in those circumstances.”
John G. Preston, Bryan Torfeh and Dana Green in the Asolo Rep’s The Constant Wife.