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...In 17th Century Sicily, a clever valet named Mascarille tries to help his boss Lélie win the girl of his dreams -- only to find that Lélie is a monumental dunce who ruins every one of his intricate schemes. Undaunted, Mascarille invents...
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...Initially banned in France by King Louis, Molière's celebrated social satire Tartuffe exposes false piety and hypocrisy in the Catholic Church. When a pious fraud worms his way into a wealthy family and manipulates the patriarch into giving...
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...In this biting comedy of errors, the hapless Arnolphe is undone by his own double dealing and double standards. The School for Wives was first performed at the Palais Royal theatre on December 26, 1662, and is considered by many...

Thon Man Molière or Whit Got Him Intae Aw That Bother  

Written by

Liz Lochhead

~playauthor~Written by~ Liz Lochhead

Nick Hern Books, 2017

NHB Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 23, Roles: Total (7), Female (4), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...Liz Lochhead's play Thon Man Molière, or Whit Got Him Intae Aw That Bother is about the brilliant but self-destructive French playwright, Molière. It was first performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh on 20 May 2016...
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...Molière wrote some of the most durable and penetrating comedies of all time. The Imaginary Cuckold and The School for Husbands are two of his grand farces of marriage and misunderstanding, one set in Paris and the other in the provinces...

Introduction

Charles Ney

Charles Ney is a professor and Head of Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University, USA. He has been artistic director at Manhattan Clearing House Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Other directing credits include New York City’s Working Man’s Clothes Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Texas Shakespeare Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Directing Shakespeare in America : Current Practices

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Directing Shakespeare in America: Current Practices examines the present landscape for directing Shakespeare in the US. It provides a snapshot picture of the field through an examination of the beliefs, methods and productions of many types...
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...This timeless comedy of manners is considered one of Molière’s most probing and mature works. While it’s still an exemplar of 16th century farce, Molière went beyond his usual comic inventiveness to create a world of rich, complex...
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...Razor-sharp wit inflames a competitive game of survival in the salons of 17th century France where, in this world of "finest appearances," one man's blunt honesty shatters his society's delicate web of manners. Often considered...

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Charles Ney

Charles Ney is a professor and Head of Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University, USA. He has been artistic director at Manhattan Clearing House Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Other directing credits include New York City’s Working Man’s Clothes Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Texas Shakespeare Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Directing Shakespeare in America : Current Practices

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...British influences on US practice While this is a study of US Shakespeare directors, it is important to acknowledge English directors and teachers who have been significant throughout the history...

Scapino

Written by

Moliere

~playauthor~Written by~ Moliere

Nick Hern Books, 2005

Drama Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 27, Roles: Total (11), Female (3), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...Molière’s three-act farce was first staged at the Palais-Royal in Paris in 1671. Scapino, or the Trickster, is an archetypal figure used in commedia dell’arte, a theatre practice originating in Italy whose name can be roughly translated...