Overview

First produced at the Odéon in 1784 The Marriage of Figaro, the second play of Beaumarchais' trilogy was an instant success and ran for an unprecedented 116 performances. Written six years earlier the play had been subject to the rigorous demands of no fewer than six censors, appointed one after the other by Louis XVI, with the principal purpose of preventing such a seditious piece of work from ever reaching the stage. Perhaps the king was right for Beaumarchais’ revolutionary attitudes towards women and the ...

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The Marriage of Figaro

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Overview

First produced at the Odéon in 1784 The Marriage of Figaro, the second play of Beaumarchais' trilogy was an instant success and ran for an unprecedented 116 performances. Written six years earlier the play had been subject to the rigorous demands of no fewer than six censors, appointed one after the other by Louis XVI, with the principal purpose of preventing such a seditious piece of work from ever reaching the stage. Perhaps the king was right for Beaumarchais’ revolutionary attitudes towards women and the aristocracy espoused the popular feeling that would turn social order on its head and cause the king to lose his own in the subsequent decade. Figaro, full of an irrepressible joie de vivre remains one of drama’s arch-plotters, determinedly outwitting the cast of villains’ mountebanks and rivals who seek to ensnare him and bring about his downfall. His survival is not simply a testimony to his own endurance and inner strength but a signal to the world that the common man has rights and that the modern world must reform itself or be reformed if he is to be allowed to enjoy them.

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Editorial Reviews

Variety
In commissioning a textual face lift for the eighteenth-century farce immortalized by Mozart's opera, American Conservatory Theater has struck gold...a joyous piece of stage frippery whose social bite is never far below the surface.
San Francisco Chronicle
For the sprightly new American Conservatory Theater production...credit must go to translator/adaptor Joan Holden for sending new shafts of light through the play...The characters, especially the women, seem freshly inspired in their resourcefulness...vernacular that might have been coined yesterday...
San Francisco Examiner
Takes justifiable liberties in replacing Beaumarchais' eighteenth-century jibes with up-to-the-minute substitutes...the adaptor hasn't so much rewritten Beaumarchais to suit her own taste as returned our attention to the essence of his dissent...
Marin Independent Journal
FIGARO gets a new lease on life...Where better to find somebody to bring new life to this play, which is widely regarded as helping to provoke the French Revolution?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783193783
  • Publisher: OBERON BOOKS Ltd
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,217,815
  • File size: 2 MB

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