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"The school of wives is a wise and surprising comedy: you can breathe a bitterness and a modernity as only in the latest texts Molière will be able to find. There is the joy and the pain of life, the comic theater and the tragic one, as in Shakespeare. It all happens in a small world with a few characters.
I imagine a scene that is a square, like an ideal city, with its perspective, its geometry. But inside the main house there is a long iron staircase that leads to a room that is like a cell, a torture room and there is a garden that resembles a cage. The action takes place in the space between this house and another, both belonging to the protagonist, who boasts a double name and a double identity, as double is his nature. He is a ruthless cynic but also an obsessive lover, a tireless flogger of others' weaknesses as well as a very fragile victim of his own game. At the center a young woman guilty of an experiment that only a macho and misanthropic mind could devise: she was taken as a child, an orphan, and then left in ignorance of everything to be the ideal wife, victim not to say slave of the future husband that will dominate it on all levels, economic, cultural, psychological. The nature, the instinct, the intelligence of the heart, however, will make vain the penitential plan and the tormentor that has been woven around her.
A Plauto comedy that hides one of the most modern, contradictory and restless texts about desire and love. Where it is said that nature gives more happiness than the social rules that men have given themselves. Where the heart without knowing it teaches much more than any school. Where Molière manages to look without pietism, without absolving, but rather representing the most guilty of all, the most despicable (but perhaps even the most in love), once again succeeding in making us laugh at ourselves, our weaknesses and incompleteness, of the misery of being men ".
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