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"Litigants" by Jean Racine is a gripping tale of power, betrayal, and redemption set within the French court. The story follows two brothers, Hippolytus and Aricia, as they battle for control and love in a world filled with deception and political intrigue.

Racine's writing is poetic and powerful, drawing the reader into the complex emotions and motivations of each character. The tension between honor and desire is palpable throughout the play, creating a sense of urgency that propels the story forward.

The themes of justice and revenge are expertly woven into the narrative, revealing the dark side of humanity and the consequences of unchecked ambition. Racine's exploration of morality and fate adds depth and complexity to the characters, making them feel both relatable and larger than life.

Overall, "Litigants" is a compelling and thought-provoking read that will leave readers pondering the nature of power and the choices we make in pursuit of it. Jean Racine's masterpiece is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today.

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This play, which is neither a comedy or a farce but has elements in common with each, was first performed in 1668 at Paris, and afterwards at Versailles. It is a French adaptation of "The Wasps" of Aristophanes. Racine's own experience of law and lawyers was derived from the suit in which he had been involved about the Priory of Epernay, during the course of which he picked up a number of barbarous terms "which," to quote his own words, "neither my judges nor I ever properly understood" - Summary by Cast list: Dandin, a judge: Alan Mapstone Leander, son of Dandin: Adrian Stephens Chicaneau, a citizen: Mike Manolakes Isabelle, daughter of Chicaneau: Hanna Ponomarenko The Countess: Sonia Petit-Jean, a house porter: ToddHW L'Intimé, a clerk: Greg Giordano The Prompter: David Purdy Stage Directions: Son of the Exiles Editing: ToddHW

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