Titus Maccius Plautus' career is on the decline. Once renound for bringing Greek comedies to the Roman world, now he struggles to stage a single play. Unlucky with money and unlucky in love, Plautus faces the world with wry dignity. This could be the performance that brings back fame and fortune, or the one that ends it all.
Engaging, thoughtful, and funny, The Comedian dives into the rough and tumble world of arts in its infancy. Clem Martini draws on his talent and experience to bring to life the signs and sounds of a world where playwrights suffered and succeeded-but mostly suffered.
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 374 pages
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.2in x 8.9in
In Martini's deft hands, the trials and tribulations of mounting a theatrical production in ancient Rome ring true today . . . Martini's wit, as well as his intimate theatrical knowledge, is apparent on every page . . . The Comedian provides an enjoyable glimpse into the theatre's classical roots, while illuminating an offstage drama that, for better or worse, still defines the thespian experience.
-Laurel Smith, Quill and Quire
The Comedian is a thoroughly entertaining and polished work.
-Mark Lisac, Prime Times
You really can't ask for more.
-Alex Rettie, AlbertaViews
Quick of wit and fleet of foot, Clem Martini brings the worlds of ancient Rome and classical theater to life in this richly-textured, wholly original tale.
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