The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Madwoman of Chaillot

The play is a kind of poetic and comic fable set in the twilight zone of the not-quite-true. At the Cafe Chez Francis, a group of promoters plot to tear up Paris in order to unearth the oil which a prospector believes he has located in the neighborhood. These grandiose plans come to the attention of The Madwoman of Chaillot who is ostensibly not normal in her mind but who is soon shown to be the very essence of practical worldly goodness and common sense. She sees through the crookedness of the prospector and insists that the world is being turned into an unhappy place by the thieves and those who are greedy for worldly goods and power. At a tea party attended by other "mad" women of Paris, she has brought together representatives of the despoilers of the earth and wreckers of its happiness, and has them tried and condemned to extermination. In a scene which mounts into the realms of high poetic comedy, she sends the culprits one by one, lured by the scent of oil and undreamed-of riches, into a bottomless pit which opens out of her cellar. The exodus of the wicked is accompanied by another and more beautiful miracle: Joy, justice and love return to the world again. "

Title:The Madwoman of Chaillot
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780822207146
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  • Lyn

    “I remember a time when a cabbage could sell itself by being a cabbage. Nowadays it’s no good being a cabbage – unless you have an agent and pay him a commission. Nothing is free anymore to sell...

  • Alan

    Huge cast, over forty, my favorite character the trash-picker, Chiffonier, along with the deaf-mute mimic and the Mad-woman, saner than all the rest, a great, full part according to an actress learnin...

  • Scott Fuchs

    It only gets greater with time! 'GREED' in 1948 and [would you believe] even mnore greed in 2012. In 62 years this li'l ole orb refuses to learn; adamantly refuses to learn.Oddly enough,although there...

  • Lisajean

    Although Giraudoux deals with themes typical of Theatre of the Absurd, he does so using conventional theatrical forms and so his plays fall a bit flat. The Madwoman of Chaillot has moments of humor ...

  • Tracy Morton

    I saw this once and it sealed the deal that I would act. The part of the Madwoman is awesome....

  • Stuart

    Somewhere on the border of absurdity and poetry lies this classic play. Though the bulk of it concerns the madwoman of the title, her fellow madwomen, and a ragpicker mystic and clown, the show has a ...

  • Michael P.

    The idea of the mad being more sane than the sane who are without values is ever-appealing. Here, the sane without values represent Nazis, disguised by Giraudoux as corporate executives with a plan to...

  • Lauren Rivas

    I am gonna be in this show soon and i just finished reading and memorizing lines for this play.Its called the Madwoman of Chaillot and its mad crazy!.I really cant even explain the real plot of this p...

  • Kate

    One of my favourite plays of all time....

  • anna

    Great play. Surprisingly funny....