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Lovers And Executioners - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Lovers And Executioners

John Strand

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780871299109

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

This "startlingly modern" tale about attempted murder and a woman's revenge concerns a husband who discovers evidence that his wife has been unfaithful. He abandons her on a desert isle, expecting her to die. But she escapes and returns three years later disguised as a man. She manages to have herself appointed judge and promptly brings her husband to trial for the murder of his wife. Calling the play "funny, grim, superb" the Washington Post wrote: "Strand's very free adaptation is like the best comedy, wild yet precise. He's dared to translate Montfleury's 17th-century poetry into 20th-century verse, and the language rollicks along from comic anachronism to melancholy aphorism." Keeping certain conventions of the genre, such as the commedia dell'arte-inspired comedy, the play focuses on the very serious questions of justice and revenge. It features a superb leading-actress breeches role and a coup de theatre ending. "Darkly hilarious, brightly poetic and emotionally scary," said Washington City Paper." It's easy to imagine Lovers and Executioners having a long life on the repertory circuit in this country and Britain." Single set, two locations.
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