In his History of Theatre, the academic Alain Viala writes: "Vaudeville was originally a somewhat farcical play chanted by sung pieces. She gradually loses the singing parts and gains in return complicated intrigues carried out on a frenzied rhythm, as in Un chapeau de paille d'Italie by Labiche (1851). »
Eugène Labiche (1815-1888) composed more than 150 comedies and vaudevilles and his Chapeau de paille d'Italie remains, along with Le Voyage de monsieur Perrichon or Embrassons-nous, Folleville!, his most famous play. Without them, we would probably have neither Le Dindon, Un fil à la patte, La Dame de chez Maxim, nor La Puce à l'oreille of his worthy heir Georges Feydeau (1862-1921), prince of imbroglios set like music paper. The comedy of manners, otherwise and more pleasantly called vaudeville, is a satire of bourgeois life. The playful plot always revolves around money and love. It's a whirlwind of misunderstandings, twists and turns...
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