A Fugitives Lesson might be viewed as American lampooning from breaking news/social media sources. Its source material’s history is far more interesting; two absurdist comic European plays that intertwine sexual, ethical and legal responsibility to nonsensical ends: Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson, translated by Donald M. Allen, and Ugo Betti’s The Fugitive (abridged) translated by G.H. McWilliam. Simplified, The Lesson concerns a Professor and the frustrations evidenced by the ignorance of his pupil. The Fugitive offers up a minor civil servant whose feelings of betrayal grant him leave of his wife. Both Ionesco and Betti were post-World War II European playwrights whose new-wave brand of modern drama garnered the designation Theatre of the Absurd. The plays, as presented, run parallel to each other but their themes coalesce.
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