THE DYSKOLOS by Menander (translated by Carroll Moulton)

Utterly invaluable in historical terms, this is also a fine, charming comedy. The humor flows naturally and, usually, has a relaxed, genial feeling. The characters are also likeable and believable. Don’t come in expecting the biting satire of Aristophanes and you should be able to appreciate this as a small masterwork in its own right. However, the end does feel a bit rushed and confusing, possibly a result of sections missing from the original manuscript. Moulton’s translation tries to sound modern but never strains so hard as to become silly and condescending. There are many interesting things a thoughtful director could do with this play.

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