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The Illusion

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Freely adapted by playwright Tony Kushner, The Illusion triumphs as a thoroughly modern rendering of Pierre Corneille's neoclassical French comedy, L'Illusion Comique. This adaptation offers readers the exquisite wordplay, beguiling comedy and fierce intelligence found in all of Kushner's work.

The Illusion follows a contrite father, Pridamant, seeking news of his prodigal
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Theatre Communications Group
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Meg
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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Dannytdot
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an interesting and adept adaptation...
it is a strange script and at times hard to follow
but manages to make a case for the power and significance
and magic of theatre and there are also places in the script that are clearly indictments
of bourgeoisie theatre audiences... interesting....
Sarah Sammis
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to read beyond my comfort level. The play The Illusion by Tony Kushner, an adaptation of the Pierre Corneille metaplay from 1636 fits the bill. It is deceptively short but requires one's full attention.

Unfortunately for me, I chose to read it while I was sick in bed. The first time I read it, I didn't understand it and I hated it. But, the play is short (sixty or so pages) and my initial reaction irritated me. So today with a clear head, I re-read the play and loved it.

The gist of the pl
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Leah
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
At first I thought it was pretentious and overly symbolic in the way that Tony Kushner can occasionally get, then I got into it and was 1)curious about why it was all weird (which made it seem pretentious) and 2)anxious to find out what happened.

When I found out, I laughed--no, guffawed! out loud and other people in the street stared at me but it was unavoidable.
Jeff
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
My lord, but I love this play!! I would kill to direct a production; it is just extraordinary--in its weirdness, it beauty, and its fabulous twist ending. I saw an excellent production of this at the Chautauqua Institute, and it was simply captivating. Some day...
Joelle
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: playscripts, onstage
OCU 1998
Actor AwesomeJohn made Mom's & my jaws drop in the opening scene.
Carmen
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good play... a little too drawn out for the ending it had, but still good.
Bettie☯
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Brazilliant Laura
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Noor ul
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really nice play and I enjoyed all the food metaphors.
Sasha Kaye
Mar 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sasha by: Lee Blessing
I do not regret accidentally reading the Tony Kushner freely adapted adaptation of The Illusion.
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Pierre Corneille était l'un des trois grands dramaturges français du XVIIe siècle , avec Molière et Racine. Il a été appelé «le fondateur de la tragédie française» et était productive pendant près de quarante ans.

Vous pouvez lire son oeuvre sur:
- http://www.poesies.net/corneille.html
- http://gallica.bnf.fr/Search?ArianeWi...

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