performance of "The Mandrake"
(1517) is a very funny play about sex, power, gender and deceit. It is performed more than any other play of
the Italian Renaissance because it continues to provoke laughter and because of
its controversial and contemporary subject matter. Machiavelli artfully
confuses the boundaries of what we consider to be oppositions: good and bad,
virtue and vice, man and woman. Many
refer to Machiavelli as evil and wicked and others argue that he is a
pragmatist who describes the world as it is, not as it should be. Spectators are
invited to consider various interpretations as they are being entertained by
Shawn’s 1977 translation.
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