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The Sport of Fools

  • 'The Sport of Fools'. Classical Theatre Company © EFE

    'The Sport of Fools'. Classical Theatre Company © EFE

  

Category

Dramatic literature, Theatre

Date

1638

Original title

Entre bobos anda el juego

Drama by Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla which inaugurates the "comedia de figurón" subgenre, similar to farce, and very popular in the Golden Age.

Play by Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, follower of Calderón de la Barca, written and premiered in 1638, and published in 1645.

The play, written while he was recovering from being stabbed, was also called "Don Lucas del Cigarral", and led to the "comedia de figurón" subgenre, similar to farce, and very popular in the Golden Age, characterised by a complex plot and the deep psychology of the protagonists (also called figurones).

The comedy revolves around the protagonist Don Lucas del Cigarral, depicted as a caricature, an old rich nobleman who asks Pedro, his young cousin, to go and find his future wife, Isabel. But unfortunately for the nobleman, Pedro and Isabel fall in love and this leads to all kinds of funny conflicts and misunderstandings.

  

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