A Gown for His Mistress

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Samuel French, Inc., 2010 - Drama - 68 pages
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Characters: 4 male, 6 female

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Dr. Moulineaux has been out all night in a futile attempt to meet his mistress Suzanne. He tells his wife he has been with Bassinet who is near death, but in walks Bassinet. He decides it is no longer wise to have Suzanne pretend to be a patient and rents an apartment that formerly belonged to a dressmaker. He and Suzanne are discovered in this hide away by her husband, so the doctor poses as a dressmaker and is caught in a desperate entanglement when his wife, his mother in law, Bassinet and Bassinet's wife appear. Moulineaux's household is in an uproar but he manages to lie his way out of it all with the help of Bassinet, who has a photograph that seems to solve everything. This farce has outstanding roles and is successful played as a 1900's period piece or in a modern setting.


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About the author (2010)

Georges Feydeau (1862-1921) a tres tot neglige ses etudes pour se consacrer au theatre. Encourage par Labiche, la representation de sa premiere grande piece, "Tailleur pour dames", au Theatre de la Renaissance, a ete bien accueillie.A travers une production tres abondante (pres d'une piece par an), il a renouvele le genre du vaudeville en proposant une etude plus approfondie des caracteres. Il a ainsi aborde le genre de la vraie comedie avec "Le Bourgeon" (1906) et "La main passe" (1907) mais a surtout excelle dans des pieces en un acte, farces conjugales reposant sur des moyens volontairement rudimentaires et neanmoins reellement droles du fait du jeu des artifices et des quiproquos, a l'image de "Feu la mere de madame, On purge bebe" (1910), "Mais n'te promene donc pas toute nue" ! (1912; Mille et une nuits, 2001).

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