Five Plays: Antigone, Eurydice, the Ermine, Rehearsal, Romeo and Jeanette

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The great French playwright Jean Anouilh (1910-87) wrote both "pink" bittersweet comedies and "black" tragic dramas. Jean Anouilh Five Playsthe finest English-language anthology of his workscrackles with both his sharp wit and his icy cynicism. In Antigone, his preeminent play and exemplar of his themes and style, he creates a disturbing world in which fate may be no more than a game of role-playing. Eurydice, The Ermine, The Rehearsal, Romeo...

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Overview

The great French playwright Jean Anouilh (1910-87) wrote both "pink" bittersweet comedies and "black" tragic dramas. Jean Anouilh Five Playsthe finest English-language anthology of his workscrackles with both his sharp wit and his icy cynicism. In Antigone, his preeminent play and exemplar of his themes and style, he creates a disturbing world in which fate may be no more than a game of role-playing. Eurydice, The Ermine, The Rehearsal, Romeo and Jeannette are the other plays included in this edition.

Includes "Romeo and Jeannette", "The Rehearsal", "The Ermine", "Antigone", and "Eurydice".

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"In Jean Anouilh there is a constant alternation between moods of brave affirmation and bitter protest; affirmation of life's primal glory, protest at what modern urbanparticularly Frenchman has made of it . . . Traditional too in Anouilh is his dramatic formof which he is one of the few remaining masters in the theatre of our time . . . It is essentially the theatre of the mask, the theatre which is an amalgam of ballet, farce, street fair, and improvisationall made to serve the purpose of revealing human truth in the gravest sense. Anouilh calls some of his plays 'black' others 'pink,' but they all sparkle with the glitter of the theatre's cloak of a thousand colors."Harold Clurman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374522292
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Five Plays Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 163,297
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the realist works of the previous era with his dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. He used Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times. Antigone, his best-known play, was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

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    Jean Anouilh is one of my favorite writers...and I'm not fond of plays. Three of the plays--Romeo and Jeannette, Antigone, and Eurydice--are adaptations, and Anouilh cleverly plays with our assumptions. In Romeo and Jeannette, the hero's fiance is named Julia, and they're very much in love...until he meets her little sister. Antigone is both a furious critique of Vichy France (which I didn't know until after I read it, and it made no difference) and a poignant meditation on youth and disillusionment. The characters are incredibly real. However, it's best not to read all the plays at the same time...read one and then go back to the rest later. Otherwise the uniform melancholy and arch social satire can get rather repetitive.

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