Die Fliedermaus Essays
The director used several elements of comedy in this production including rule of three, repetition, and slapstick. The slapstick elements stand out most to me. Specific moments in the play where this was used include when Adele slapped Mr. Eisenstein on the head with her fan. In the last act at the jail there were several moments using slapstick comedy when the jailer was drunk and stumbling around and also at the very beginning of the scene when he was trying to light the lanterns. This is also an example of repetition when the jailer was trying to get the lighter to light and he had to repeatedly light the match and the stick.
Eisenstein is the protagonist in the play. He goes through a series of conflicts and yet manages in the end to come out on top. Rosalinda and Eisenstein decide they love one another too much to divorce, and so they live “happily ever after”. The major theme in this play is lying and deception. The message that is conveyed through the play is that lying and deception is fun when it is done for fun. The deceit in the play is portrayed seemingly lighthearted. The plays major action is the lying and deception of the main characters toward one another. Rosalinda is seeing