The Theatre of Illusion opens as a distraught father seeks news of his long-lost son. Through a magician's powers he sees handsome Clindor woo Isabelle from the boastful but cowardly buffoon Adraste. Isabelle s maid, Lyse, engineers the lovers escape. But this delightful mixture of comedy, tragedy, and farce continues to play with its characters and their predicaments: Another time and setting take the lovers into dangerous territory--romantic, tragic, and full of surprises.
This baroque masterpiece is now translated by one of America s finest poets and translators of French, Richard Wilbur. Widely praised for his translations of plays by Moliere and Racine, Wilbur turns his poetic grace to this work, a joyful celebration of the comedy of humanity and the magic of life.
PRAISE FOR THE TRANSLATIONS OF RICHARD WILBUR
"A large part of the reason for what must be termed a Moliere revival in North America is the excellence of Richard Wilbur s translations." The New York Times
"Wilbur makes Moliere into as great an English verse playwright as he was a French one." New York Magazine
RICHARD WILBUR, one of America s most beloved poets, has served as poet laureate of the United States. He has received the National Book Award, two Pulitzer Prizes, and a number of translation prizes, including two Bollingen Prizes and two PEN Awards. He lives in Cummington, Massachusetts."show more