Moliere's Sganarelle by Charles A Duncombe
(or The Imaginary Cuckold): A New English Language Version

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Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe continue their critically acclaimed series of classical French comedy with a sparkling new translation and adaptation of Moliere's farcical Sganarelle. One of Moliere's first works after his company had established itself in Paris, this wicked satire on fidelity and honor is a round-robin of mistaken suspicions and imaginary betrayals. Two couples - a doltish middle-class husband and his mistrustful wife, and a beautiful young girl and her handsome lover - mistakenly believe they have betrayed each other. The more they argue, scheme, plot, and attempt to revenge themselves, the more deeply they get entangled in their own delusions. And of course, when their fury and wounded vanity at last reaches a fever pitch, new complications make things even worse, as this misguided group does their very best to, in the end, fool no one but themselves. This early work firmly establishes themes that Moliere would pursue throughout his later plays: the falsity in human relationships, the duplicity inherent in marriage, and the hypocrisy of moral posturing.

About Charles A Duncombe

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Frederique Michel was born in Paris and studied theatre at the Conservatoire. She is the Artistic Director of City Garage. Charles Duncombe is a writer, producer and designer, and serves as the Managing Director and Dramaturg of the company, which they have run together in Los Angeles for over twenty-five years. They have won numerous awards for their work, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Margaret Hartford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre, the Otto Rene Castillo Award in New York for Political Theater, and The "Queen of the Angels" Award from the LA Weekly for "decades of directing and producing scintillating, politically charged theater that challenges audiences to reconsider their assumptions about the nature of politics and the nature of theater itself." Their translation and adaptation of The Marriage of Figaro won the 2010 LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Translation.
Published March 3, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 102 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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