The Marriage of Figaro: In a New Translation and Adapation

The Marriage of Figaro: In a New Translation and Adapation

by De Pierre Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron Beaumarchais
     
 

Sensual gaiety is at the heart of this comic masterpiece which continues the merry tale of the little barber of Seville, a clever common man whose wits overcome his superiors who would suppress him. Plays for Performance Series.

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Sensual gaiety is at the heart of this comic masterpiece which continues the merry tale of the little barber of Seville, a clever common man whose wits overcome his superiors who would suppress him. Plays for Performance Series.

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Sahlins' 'speakable' version of the play sacrifices little of its spirit or of the pointed class distinctions of the French court of its time.
Jack Helbig
As you might expect of the work of one of the founders of Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe, Bernard Sahlins' new translation of Beaumarchais' classic eighteenth-century farce is considerably looser and more accessible than other versions currently in print. Chuckling through the printed version of the play, you can see its appeal for an audience more interested in entertainment than in the play's importance as an influence on French theater and, via Mozart's famous musical adaptation, on the history of opera. Yet Sahlins' "speakable" version of the play sacrifices little of its spirit or of the pointed class distinctions of the French court of its time. Nor does Sahlins, in making the original play palatable to a contemporary audience, denature Beaumarchais' two great comic creations--the wily, wise valet Figaro and his equally wily, beautiful wife-to-be Suzanne remain living, breathing characters, as amusing and likable to us today as they were two centuries ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566630665
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Plays for Performance Series
Pages:
107
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.54(d)

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