Dozen French Farces



This Collection Of Hilarious Plays From The Th Th Centuries Is Brimming With All The Venerable Ingredients Of French Farce Distinguished Drama Scholar Bermel Has Gathered Some Of The Best In The Genre, And The Merriment, Ribaldry, And Wit Of The Works Dance Through His Translations BrilliantlyDozen French Farces

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  • Paperback
  • Dozen French Farces
  • Albert Bermel
  • English
  • 02 May 2017
  • 0879100923

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    I m going to use this space primarily to survey the works contained herein and give readers a sense of what they might find here That said, I can t fail to plug my review of Bermel s book on farce, which contains pretty much everything I have to say on the subject at this point It s not nearly as learned as the Bermel book I m ostensibly reviewed, but it is significantly shorter Anyway, you should consider my other review as context, inasmuch as it contains the perspective through which I rea I m going to use this space primarily to survey the works contained herein and give readers a sense of what they might find here That said, I can t fail to plug my review of Bermel s book on farce, which contains pretty much everything I have to say on the subject at this point It s not nearly as learned as the Bermel book I m ostensibly reviewed, but it is significantly shorter Anyway, you should consider my other review as context, inasmuch as it contains the perspective through which I read and enjoy plays such as those contained in this volume.Considering French farce as a whole, I confess to being a big Moliere fan From the 19th century, my favorites remain any libretti that Jacques Offenbach has set to music From the 20th century well, the recent past has fortunately not winnowed down all the various farcical offerings from stage, screen, and broadcast to allow any kind of thoroughgoing sample, but Oh, alright, I ll confess that in addition to the other works cited above, after Jean Paul Sartre and Irish ex pat Samuel Beckett my taste in turns primarily entirely to farces by native English speakers I also have a preference for satire, which is not to say that I see firewalls between genres George Abbott Woody Allen Charlie Chaplin Nora Ephron William Goldsmith Harold Ramis Not a complete list by any means Still, if you re looking to read a survey of works from different authors, this book and Eric Bentley s respective collection are not bad places to begin I enjoyed half of Bermel s and two thirds of Bentley s samples In entering this review, and my respective reviews of Bentley, three Feydeau anthologies, and Moliere and probably Plautus and Terence, anthologies of whose works I am reading at the time of posting this , I will be sure to include brief synopses of most of the plots found within and at least one excerpt of representative dialogue Personal note of the plays listed below that form the basis of this anthology, those not in boldface are ones I wouldn t bother revisiting The Washtub misogynistic bit of Punch Judy a shrew gets beaten by a milquetoast Marketgoers found this funny back in the day IckThe Imaginary InvalidAh, Moliere The following excerpt appears on p 48 Beralde is trying to reason his friend Argan out of a narcissistic hypochondria In this, his last play, Moliere s characters go very, very meta BERALDE Argan, I have no desire to take on the medical profession People may believe whatever they want at their own risk What I say to you is between us, private I d have liked to give you some perspective on these misunderstandings of yours On this subject, I was hoping to divert you by taking you to see a Moliere play.ARGAN That Moliere of yours is a rascal A radical As for plays highly amusing, isn t it, to make honorable citizens like doctors look funny BERALDE He s not aiming at doctors He s making fun of medicine.ARGAN A fine thing, isn t it, for him to meddle in medical business The nitwit, the revolutionist Curse him if I were a doctor, I d get my own back When he fell ill, I wouldn t help I d let him die.I cite this otherwise unremarkable exchange for its trueness to life In fact, it proved cruelly prophetic Moliere, played the part of the bristly hypochondriac Argan and was racked throughout the show s opening night performance with tubercular coughing fits I suppose the audience may have considered this among the earliest displays of method acting Moliere survived his own triumphant rendition, but didn t last the night Anyway, on with the inventoryThe Barber of Sevillea handsome, smitten young nobleman engages the help of quick witted Figaro to steal away the willing ward of a creepy old manThe Piggy BankLabiche Delacour s Parisian insider feel gooder about a small group of puffed up townie rubes whose persons, savings, and dignity all take a beating on a trip to the City of Light establishes its protagonists in the midst of a long running card game via a dialogue setup pp 122 3 that Neil Simon would later use in The Odd Couple LEONIDA Let s get on with the game I have three BOURSE I am sorry that Penuri, our wise and worthy tax collector PENURI, Looking up from his paper Me BOURSE Did not see fit to join us and pay his contributions.PENURI Gambling is an immoral practice for a man who holds public office.FELIX As the public notary, I don t see what s immoral in a friendly game.BLANCHE And how about Father He s commander of the fire brigade.PENURI But he s not, strictly speaking, a public official.BOURSE, Standing up, What am I then I think I ve done enough for my country not to be insulted by a lowly tax collector.PENURI I m not insulting BOURSE I hope not Some people forget I m the public spirited citizen who presented the comunity with its only fire pump.DANNE Never used Going rusty.BOURSE Don t blame me Am I supposed to run around the village setting fires, to keep my pump busy LEONIDA, Banging the table Are we still playing Yeah, focus up, people But in the meantime, consider that the audience has learned that Bourse s sense of self worth requires repeated, public recognition, that such behavior fails to impress Bourse s friend Danne, and that mutual friend Penuri is self importantly risk averse While only light banter the gag is in Leonida s frustrated attempt to retain the focus of her buddies on the game the dialogue here remains a nice, tight, and tidy method of illuminating character It s also integral to the trivial premise that sets these players in motion, that of a shared pot of money Nice work, ladsBoubourochea cuckolded lover excuses all gullibility as a definition of love The Police Chief s an Easygoing Guy Courteline does police station uproar in a nihilistic play that anticipates the theater of the absurd No story, though Ubu Cocu Gotta say, I hate Alfred Jarry s shock theater It s humor for people who find people with Tourette s funny My Wife s Dead Mother Not a big fan of Feydeau s marital uproar plays, either Here we have a pair of squabbling newlyweds set off by a death notice that proves to be falseHey, Cut Out the Parading Around Stark NakedExploitative titillation, but given the title, it s not like the audience doesn t know what to expect A prudish politician is perpetually embarrassed by his indiscreet wife, who is constantly caught in flagrante delicto or au naturel, but always for innocent reasons Why did he marry her to begin with The Love of Three Oranges Sergei Prokofiev wrote great music to an incoherent libretto about oranges, which, when cut, reveal beautiful princesses dying of thirst Surrealist fantasy, yes, but not sure why this appears in a farce collection Professor Taranne Arthur Adamov s Kafkaesque anxiety nightmare of an arrogant pendant arrested for mistaken identity who cannot prove his innocence, because he can t find anyone who recognizes him despite his pretensions to global celebrity This can be played as tragedy or farce depending on whether or not the audience is directed to laugh at or squirm with the protagonist Autumn Violins unmemorable play about two septuagenarians who inexplicably fight to be Rose Marie s Eugene If she doesn t care about the outcome, why should we

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