'The School for Scandal' now at the Abbey Theatre, directed by Jimmy Fay, is often described as the classic English comedy of manners - despite the fact that its author Richard Brinsley Sheridan was born in Dublin. Set at the end of the 18th Century, it's a tale of gossip, false witness, vicious intrigue and good old fashioned knifing in the back. With characters like Sir Benjamin Backbite, Lady Sneerwell, Mr Snake and Sir Oliver Surface, it's clear that Sheridan was out to skewer - and skewer he does. The question however is how far have we come since the 18th Century and does Sheridan's skewer still have a soft target in the 21st? 'The School for Scandal' continues at The Abbey until 27 January.