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The Illusion
Paperback, 89 pages ISBN: 9781559360906Publication Date:
1 Mar 1995
Size: 203mm x 127mm£10.99
First Staged:
Hotel de Bourgogne, France 1639

The Illusion

By Pierre Corneille Adapted by Tony Kushner

Paperback £10.99

Corneille's seventeenth-century comedy, L'Illusion Comique, in a free adaptation by the author of Angels in America.

The Illusion follows a contrite father, Pridamant, seeking news of his prodigal son from the sorcerer Alcandre. The magician conjures up episodes from the boy's life; scenes which inexplicably find him in slightly different worlds each time. Pridamant watches, enthralled by the boy's struggles, but only as the strange tale reaches its conclusion does he confront the ultimate – and unexpected – truth about his son.

An enchanting argument for the power of theatrical imagination over reality, The Illusion weaves obsession and caprice, romance and murder, fact and fiction, into an enticing exploration of the greatest illusion of all – love.

Paperback, 89 pages ISBN: 9781559360906Publication Date:
1 Mar 1995
Size: 203mm x 127mm£10.99

Also by Tony Kushner:

Widows
Homebody/Kabul
Lincoln
The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call
Caroline, or Change
A Bright Room Called Day
Death and Taxes: Hydriotaphia & Other Plays
Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness (incl. Slavs!)
Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
Angels in America (new edition)
Caroline, or Change (US edition)
Angels in America: Parts One & Two
A Dybbuk and other tales of the supernatural
Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches

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