The finale of Dowling's production is, by contrast, a return to domestic bliss. All loose ends are tied up nicely and the cast gathers onstage to hear Ellen Karas deliver Keillor's tepid parting shots. It is a witty enough business on the whole, but after a long evening of blustering and fretting, it seems even less funny and more Keilloresque than the prologue. Like everything that hints at fresh interpretation in this School for Scandal, Keillor's additions are negligible at best and prove both less diverting and less instructive than they might. Finally, when the bard of the bland has had his say and the cast has taken their bows, the curtain falls. School is out and we are glad to be done with it.
The School for Scandal runs through July 18 at the Guthrie Theater; (612) 337-2224.