Synopsis

To Fool the Eye

To Fool the Eye $10.99

Jeffrey Hatcher from Jean Anouilh's Leocadia

Published by Dramatists Play Service

7 Male 2 Female

In this new adaptation of Jean Anouilh's 1940 romantic comedy, Amanda, a poor hat maker from Paris, is invited to a chateau by an eccentric duchess to spend a weekend trying to make her suicidal nephew, Albert, forget about the death of his great love, the divine Leocadia

Amanda, it turns out, is a dead ringer for the dead woman, and if she can convince Albert that she is his lost love for just three days, then Albert just might not kill himself

A gossamer tale of love and trickery, in which a fake can give more pleasure than the real thing

"Hatcher's clever humor relies on ironic wit and a keen eye for poking fun at the absurdity of pompous arrogance ... This flavor fills a script that clearly reflects Anouilh's themes of memory's aching beauty and the preference humans have for infatuation over real-life love. A delightful farce that intelligently wonders about the nature of love, artifice, the eye's perception rather than the heart's reality, and the delicate distortion of memory" - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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