The Rover is an unrestrained comedy about sexual exploration, setduring Carnival in Naples, Italy. Masks, cross-dressing, mistakenidentities, prostitutes, Spanish grandees, and English dolts—the playhas a wide variety of characters who engage in fast-paced physicalcomedy.
Playwright Aphra Behn is the first woman to be a professional writerin England, possibly in the world. Her 19 plays made her thesecond-most produced playwright during the Restoration (1660–1700), aperiod famous for women on stage, sexual liberty, and extravagantdress. Virginia Woolf said all women should let flowers fall upon hertomb "for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds."