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Last Updated on May 8, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 77

Though not the equal of Shakespeare’s great comedies, THE GENTLEMAN USHER approaches them in richness and variety. Delightful comic scenes are interwoven with the serious story of a father and son’s rivalry for a young girl. The play contains a wide range of successful characterizations; among them, the figure of Bassiolo, the self-satisfied and gullible usher, is especially memorable. The action, slow in starting, moves rapidly from the middle of the play to the conclusion.