A Comedy of Manners should address most of the following:
- Witty, cerebral form of dramatic comedy
- Depicts and often satirizes the manners and affectations of a contemporary society
- Mainly concerned with social usage and the question of whether or not characters meet certain social standards.
- Different social levels are represented by stereotypical and/or stock characters
- The governing social standard is morally trivial but exacting.
- The plot of such a comedy, usually concerned with an illicit love affair or similarly scandalous matter
- The plot is not as important as the play’s brittle atmosphere, witty dialogue, and pungent commentary on human foibles