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Pseudolus: or, The Cheat

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By: (254 BCE-184 BCE)

In "Pseudolus: or, The Cheat," Titus Maccius Plautus masterfully weaves a tale of deception, wit, and humor. The plot revolves around the cunning slave Pseudolus, who is determined to win his freedom by any means necessary. His elaborate schemes and quick thinking keep the audience on the edge of their seats as they wonder if he will ultimately succeed or be caught in his web of lies.

The characters in the play are vividly drawn and each play a crucial role in the unfolding drama. From the bumbling young lovers to the gullible old man, every character adds depth and dimension to the story. Plautus' skillful use of language and wordplay adds to the comedic effect of the play, making it a joy to read or watch.

Overall, "Pseudolus: or, The Cheat" is a delightful comedy that showcases Plautus' talent for storytelling and his insight into human nature. It is a timeless tale that continues to entertain and amuse audiences to this day.

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About two dozen comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus have survived the years, with many of them ending up rewritten and recast by other playwrights such as Moliere. This one, Pseudolus, was part of the source for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Simo, an old gentleman of Athens: ToddHW Calidorus, his son, in love with Phoenicium: Tomas Peter Charinus, the friend of Calidorus: Adam Bielka Callipho, the friend of Simo: Alan Mapstone Pseudolus, the servant of Simo: Jason in Panama Ballio, a procurer, the owner of Phoenicium: Max K├Ârlinge Harpax, the servant of Polymachaeroplagides: Adrian Stephens Simmia, the Cheat, a servant of Charinus: Sonia A Cook: Eva Davis A Boy, servant of Ballio: JennPratt Slave of Ballio: JennPratt Stage Directions: MichaelMaggs Editing: ToddHW


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