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Rehearsal, The (Hill, trans.) - Full Length Play

Rehearsal, The (Hill, trans.)

Lucienne Hill, Jean Anouilh

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5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573700798

The count has decided to present a performance of Marivaux's Double Inconstancy and has cast himself, his wife, his mistress and his wife's lover in the principal parts. As they wait for their rehearsal cues, the players drift imperceptibly into the cynicism of Marivaux's period.

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The characters in this haunting play begin little by little to slip from the mid twentieth century into the past. The count has decided to present a performance of Marivaux's Double Inconstancy and has cast himself, his wife, his mistress and his wife's lover in the principal parts. As they wait for their rehearsal cues, the players drift imperceptibly into the cynicism of Marivaux's period. A pretty young girl who supervises twelve little orphans is the fatal lure to men. The count falls in love with her in a gesture of abandonment to his lost youth, whereupon the countess induces a family friend to seduce the girl and destroy the count's dream of love..but he is aroused to memories of his first and only true love and in despair he invites a duel and certain death. And the rehearsal goes on.
"Anouilh has created one of his 'pieces brillantes' in which he nimbly whips up serious themes into the lightest, most delectable of theatrical souffles." - London Daily Mail
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5m, 3f

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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

Jean Anouilh

Jean Anouilh was born in Bordeaux on June 23, 1910. After completing his early schooling, Anouilh studied law for a short time at the Sorbonne, and then worked as a copywriter at Publicité Damour. He also wrote comic scenes for the cinema. In 1929 he collaborated with Jean Aurenche on his first play, Humulus Le Muet. It was followed in the same year by Mandarine. In 1931 Anouilh married the ... view full profile

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