The Gamester

The Gamester

The Gamester

by: Freyda Thomas, Jean-François Regnard

by: Freyda Thomas, Jean-François Regnard

The Gamester

The Gamester

by: Freyda Thomas, Jean-François Regnard

by: Freyda Thomas, Jean-François Regnard

Overview

It's Paris in the eighteenth century. Valère loves Angélique, but she won't marry him until he gives up his other mistress: The Gambling Hall. Valère is broke, creditors are in pursuit; his father Thomas is about to disown him; and his loyal servant, Hectór, despairs of his reformation, though he will stay with him to the bitter end. Angélique's companion, Madame Préférée, arrives to inform Hectór that the marriage between her charge and his master is off, thanks to his wicked ways. The sensible woman wants Angélique to marry Dorante, the old, fat and bald uncle of her lover, but she vows to remain her lover's fiancée if he swears to give up the game. As a pledge, she gives him her portrait in a jewel-encrusted frame. But Valère needs money; how many times can he bed the lusty, wealthy and ever-generous Madame Securité, who keeps coming back for more indoor sports? And there's Angélique's older sister, Mme. Argante, another wealthy widow ready to settle her whole estate on the handsome young Valère, a fate that would break the heart of the foppish, stuttering Marquis de Fauxpas, madly in love with her. Add to this a sweet young servant to the shrewish Mme. Argante and a Croupier who starts off the play with a resounding thump on his foot, and you have the makings of a world-class French comedy, albeit with darker undertones reminiscent of…Vegas and American society at the millennium? Well, the turn of any century is always marked by optimism, and what happens to the dice-crossed lovers, the portrait, the lusty widow, the old man and the stuttering fop is to be discovered within the finely woven text, written in crisp, accessible verse, with disguises, tricks and romance adding to the high comedy of this delightful "new" classic work.

Authors

Freyda Thomas

Freyda Thomas

Jean-François Regnard

Jean-François Regnard