Part farce, part romance, part psychological study a la [b:Othello|12996|Othello|William Shakespeare|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327871225s/12996.jpg|995103]. There's some amount of goofiness about this play, but there is also a real truth here about how love and sex can can lead us to some pretty dark places. I think I would have liked this play more without the comedic elements. It was almost as if [a:Molière|29837|Molière|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1219168412p2/29837.jpg] desperately wanted to pen a tragedy with this play, but he didn't quite trust himself, or perhaps his audience, enough to really commit to that urge. If that was his secret desire, I wish he would have given himself over to it. I think that if he had this play would have been much bolder than the muted, restrained thing that it turned out to be.