An Italian Straw Hat

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Nick Hern Books, 1996 - Drama - 104 pages
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Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

The classic 1851 farce.

Fadinard is on the way to his wedding when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a bush. The owner of the hat is a former girlfriend who insists that Fadinard buys her a new hat instantly. He sets off to find a replacement hat, followed by his fiancée and all their guests. The play develops into a delirious chase as Fadinard hunts the hat and the guests hunt Fadinard and comic misunderstandings litter every scene.

Translated and introduced by Kenneth McLeish.

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An enjoyable but light-weight read that often lacked logic or reason beyond the "rule of funny". Read full review

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I would love to perform this someday. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Eugene Labiche fait des etudes classiques puis obtient une licence de droit, mais c'est le theatre qui le passionne. Il ecrit son premier vaudeville, "L' Article 960", en 1839. Sous Napoleon III, c'est la gloire, tout d'abord avec "Un chapeau de paille" puis, en 1860, "Le Voyage de M. Perrichon" qui lui vaut le titre de 'roi du vaudeville'. Des lors, il enchaine les pieces (plus de cent !) avec toujours le meme succes grace a un humour satirique et moderne melant quiproquo, hasard qui se joue des personnages, et humour. Issu de la bourgeoisie, Eugene Labiche en fut l'observateur attentif, faisant preuve d'une grande justesse psychologique, et sut particulierement bien decrire le role de l'argent sous le Second Empire.

Kenneth McLeish was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 10, 1940. He studied music and the classics at Worcester College, Oxford University. Before becoming a full-time author and translator in 1975, he worked as a teacher. He wrote and edited literary guides and cultural companions. His works included Theatre of Aristophanes, Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought, Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Myth, Guide to Greek Drama, and The Pocket Guide to Shakespeare. He also wrote Listeners' Guide to Classical Music with his wife. He translated all 47 of the surviving classical Greek plays as well as individual plays by other playwrights. He also wrote a number of original plays and filmscripts including Orpheus and Vice at the Vicarage and adapted The Oresteia with Frederic Raphael for a BBC Television production entitled The Serpent's Tongue. He died on November 28, 1997 at the age of 57.

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