The Illusion

The Illusion

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by Pierre Corneille
     
 

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Already a favorite of theatres throughout the country, Tony Kushner's free adaptation of Pierre Corneille's most original, theatrical comedy, L'Illusion Comique, blends magic and truth, obsession and caprice, romance and murder, into an enticing exploration of the greatest illusion--love.See more details below

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Already a favorite of theatres throughout the country, Tony Kushner's free adaptation of Pierre Corneille's most original, theatrical comedy, L'Illusion Comique, blends magic and truth, obsession and caprice, romance and murder, into an enticing exploration of the greatest illusion--love.

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Jack Helbig
Best known for the ambitious, intellectually engaging though somewhat bloated "Angels in America", Tony Kushner is capable of writing in lighter keys. Witness this witty adaptation of Corneille's seventeenth-century comedy, "L'illusion Comique". Not content to merely translate the play, Kushner rehabs it, paring it down to two acts while adding several scenes of his own. The resulting Corneille-Kushner hybrid is a wonderful, postmodern work, at once a homage to and a send-up of the conventions and devices of neoclassical comedy: the long speeches, the play within a play, the formulaic plot. On one level, the play works as a two-act meditation on the power of theater and the importance of illusion and storytelling; on another, it is the genuinely moving story of an old man's search for his long-lost son. "The art of illusion," one of Kushner's characters quips, "is the art of love, and the art of love is the blood-red heart of the world." It is this heart that saves Kushner's "Illusion" from being merely an academic exercise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559366977
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Series:
TCG Translations
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
1 MB

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