The Contrast by Royall Tyler is the first comedy written by an American citizen that was professionally produced.
The Contrast is an American play in the tradition of the English Restoration comedies of the seventeenth century; it takes its cue from Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, a British comedy of manners that had revived that tradition a decade before. Royall uses the form to satirize Americans who follow British fashions and indulge in ‘British vices’. Thus, the play is often concerned with portraying the contrast between European and American culture en past daarmee helemaal in de prille ontstaansgeschiedenis van het Amerikaanse theater zoals hier beschreven. (Wikipedia)