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Between Jerusalem and AthensIsraeli Theatre and the Classical Tradition$
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Nurit Yaari

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746676.001.0001

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Between Entertainment and Protest

(p.211) 7 Lysistrata
Between Jerusalem and Athens

Nurit Yaari

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Lysistrata is the most commonly staged of Aristophanes’ comedies in Israel; to date seven productions of that play have been staged in Israel. This is not surprising, given that it is a lurid anti-war comedy, with a plot that combines sex and war, and raises weighty issues concerning state management, war fatigue, and the desire for peace, in a fantasy where women take over control of the city. Through an analysis of four productions of that play that have been staged in Israel between 1958 and 2002, the chapter discusses the impact of historical events on the reading of the play and its performance, and shows how each production steered in the narrow range between entertainment, criticism, and protest.

Keywords:   Aristophanes, Lysistrata, Minos Volonakis, comedy, entertainment, protest, feminism, Four Mothers

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