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Thieves' Carnival - Full Length Play, Comedy

Thieves' Carnival

Lucienne Hill

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Full Length Play, Comedy

10m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573616525

"Irrepressible humor, rueful wisdom […] Immensely entertaining." - Herald Tribune

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This most successful of Anouilh’s works in the United States is an excellent lark loaded with humorous whims, romance, and masquerades. The scene is a palatial home where two attractive young girls reside. The home is invaded by three affectionate thieves, on the one hand, and by a country bumpkin on the other. A lovely romance blooms instantly between one of the girls and the youngest thief. Being a very honest fellow, he cannot in good conscience accept her love, and instead turns with vengeance toward his job. But she is swifter in her wiles than he is in his.

"Irrepressible humor, rueful wisdom […] Immensely entertaining." - Herald Tribune

"A witty masquerade […] Gay, ironic […] original, impertinent, and civilized." - The New York Times



10m, 3f


Lucienne Hill

Lucienne Hill (1923 - 2012) became well-known for her for her translations of French dramatist Jean Anouilh. After a brief career as an actress of stage and screen, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her translation of The Waltz of the Toreadors, and won one in 1961 for the Broadway production of Anouilh's Becket. Ms. Hill was first commissioned to translate Anouilh at the behest of Laurence ... view full profile

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Grace Osmundsen(Rorke) 7/22/2014 4:27 AM
I have directed this play before with great success. had to revise some of the "stage directions" because of some limitations where the venue was. But that did not detract from the script or the fun of the joy of the play. And the cast and the audience had a great time. Plays like Tartuffe  is another example of audience enjoyment. i have done dramAs like Jean Cocteau's "An Eagle Has Two Heads"" when I had to play the Queens in my own production because the  actress felt she could not manage the very long first speech the Queen had to deliver which was the whole of the first act. If you know the play- rarely done- it is a very powerful play. But for me as a Director and actress, i have three goals. To remember and find out about the person who wrote the play, to think of how the audience will be feeling after they have seen it, and most of all the actors. I listen to them and if thy want to try out something, I let them- if it does not work for after all a play has to has to be a (Whole) I say no, but I have always found that to be a director is not to be a dictator. So i abide by the three "A's" Author, Audience and most important the Actor.I have never ever done a scene yet - out of context of the written work by doing something that would in anyway offend even one member of an audience. All I can say is, as an actress and director. Our job is very important.
To be truthful to the written work, and leave the audience fully satisfied with your production, and for the actors to know that they have done an excellent job, and know from the audience that they have. Comedy done well is a joyous thing. Years ago, and some may remember this. Lucille Ball- I heard her decades ago in an interview she gave, being asked how she got away with some of the things as a comedian she did. Her answer was," By believing what I did was normal, and for real." We need happy shows amidst all the guns and the killing etc, especially on the T.V. And please also to be careful of music. Words need to be heard and not drowned by the music.
Good wishes to all directors.
Sincerely, Grace Rorke.

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