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The Impromptu at Versailles

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L'Impromptu de Versailles is a comedy in one act and in prose.
Published 2008 (first published 1663)
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Apr 13, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok
Recommended to Donna by: Michael
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Truly weird. A play commenting on the reviews of a play commenting on the criticism of the original play.

However, if you are a student of theater, this probably is important.

Read in Moliere, "The Misanthrope, Tartuffe and Other Plays" ISBN 978-0199540181.
Jan 23, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is a truly unique play- the actors and playwright go through the process of a play, but that process IS the play. This is also a critique of a critique- it sounds weird, but apparently people critiqued each other by writing plays about other plays. Odd, but certainly interesting and a very funny way of approaching crticism; in fact, I prefer reading criticism this way! I'm aware that this technique is used in other plays (ex. A Midsummer's Night Dream), but I love the way this one in partic ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Dorottya rated it it was amazing
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I found this genial... maybe partly because it is not something I expected from Molière, especially not after reading Sganarelle. I liked how it did not have that typical comedy storyline.
I loved how the characters were his real life actors and actresses, and how this play was partly a day in the life of a troupe at the time of a rehearsal, especially if they are really not on time :). This short little play told me a lot about his concepts about acting and playing certain characters and about t
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This is a short play that can be better understood when read together with L'École des femmes and La Critique de l'École des femmes. It nevertheless goes to show, once again, how great of a comedy writer Molière was.
May 18, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of my favorite pieces of literature- among fewer than five. Funny unlike anything else! A play on mirrors. But requires reading of The School for Wives & The School for Wives Criticized first.
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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, (The Misanthrope), L'Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou l'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou l'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade ...more
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