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The Bungler

The Bungler - Moliere,  Richard Wilbur (Translator) At first I thought that I was going to be annoyed by the rhyming lines in this play, and at first I was. But the more I listened to the play (audiobook), the more I became impressed with Molière's skill! The rhymes were complex, and flowed nicely, never hurting the dialog or the story being told. Now, I suppose that some of the credit has to go to the actors--I could certainly see how a bad actor could slaughter this play, but I think that even good actors would find that this kind of play could really test their acting skills.

In addition, I thought The Bungler was pretty funny! It did remind me fairly strongly of some of William Shakespeare's romantic comedies (Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, etc.), but this play succeeded for me where those Shakespeare plays did not: The Bungler was actually funny! The joke did run on a little bit longer than was probably good for the play, but still, this was was an enjoyable little work.