More France - Day 26
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:02 PM
• In 1558 they performed for Louis XIV, he likes the
theatre ensemble so much that he gives them royal
patronage and allows them to create theatre in the
city itself, which was unprecedented!
• Palais Royal (1660 -1673)
• Farces! Comedy of Character! Comedy of Manners!
female leads in major comedies!
• Moliere's muchyounger wife - one of the stories is
that she is actually his daughter, which is spooky. Ron
doesn't believe it but it is highly debated.
• Celimene in The Misanthrope
• Elmire in Tartuffe
• Said to be quite beautiful on the stage but in life,
quite plain, so she was able to move about on the
street and in her ordinary life without becoming a
celebrity like her predecessors, DuParc and
Champmesle, from Racine's plays
"There was always music in theatre, until Ibsen. I'm
oversimplifying, a little. But Ibsen killed music."
-Ron quote of the day
More on Moliére
Plays More on Moliére
• Comedies of Manners and Character
• The Miser(1668)
• The Learned Ladies(1672)
• The Imaginary Invalid (1673)
• Neoclassical (unities / 5 acts)
• "French scenes"
Tartuffe(1664 / 67 / 69)
• Moliere's plays usually have a male character who
refuses to listen to reason: Orgon
• Always at least one character who offers reasonable
advice which goes unheeded: Cléante.
• Also common sense advice: Dorine
• Orgon: Moliere character
• Armande Bejart as Elmire
• Dorine = intelligent soubrette: Madeleine Bejart
• Blocked young lovers
• Tartuffe = confidence man / imposter
• Late entrance of Tartuffe