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== Critical Commentary ==
 
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[[WorksCited|Collier]] accepted "A French Comedy" as a new play but does observe that "we have had the title before" (p. 87, n1).[[category:John Payne Collier]]
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[[WorksCited|Malone]] does not give this play an entry (p. 299). [[WorksCited|Collier]], in contrast, accepts "A French Comedy" as a new play but does observe that "we have had the title before" (p. 87, n1).[[category:John Payne Collier]]
 
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[[WorksCited|Fleay, ''BCED'']] ignored the 1597 play and itemizes only "The French Comedy" in Henslowe's lists for the Admiral's men in 1595 (II.303; "Anonymous Plays," #162).
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[[WorksCited|Fleay, ''BCED'']] ignores the 1597 play and itemizes only "The French Comedy" in Henslowe's lists for the Admiral's men in 1595 (II.303; "Anonymous Plays," #162).
 
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[[WorksCited|Greg II]] lumped the two "French Comedy" plays @ #67, but he observed that there was no way to tell whether there were two plays or one, with the 1597 run given to the original "revived with alterations" (p. 174, #67).
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[[WorksCited|Greg II]], lumping the two "French Comedy" plays, does say that there was no way to tell whether there were two plays or one; giving the 1597 run to the February 1595 original, he suggests that the 1595 play is being "revived with alterations" (p. 174, #67).
 
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'''Gurr''' lumped the two French comedies into a single play, adding the performances of the 1597 play to those of the 1595 play as a revival run (#28 [p. 213-4, n.35).
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'''Gurr''' lumps the two French comedies into a single play, adding the performances of the 1597 play to those of the 1595 play in revival (#28 [p. 213-4, n.35).
 
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[[WorksCited|Wiggins, ''Catalogue'']] differentiates the two French comedies by giving the 1595 play the article "The" in the title and the 1597 play the article "A".
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[[WorksCited|Wiggins, ''Catalogue'' #1066]] differentiates the two French comedies by giving the 1595 play the article "The" in the title (#989) and the 1597 play the article "A".
 
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Historical Records

Performance Records

Playlists in Philip Henslowe's diary


Fol. 26v / (Greg 1.52)

Aprell 1597
|18| ne.. tt at a frenche comodey. . . . . . . . . . 02|00|01 — 01 — 03
|22| tt at frenche comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 01|02|00 — 17 — 01
|26| tt at frenche comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 01|02|00 — 11 — 00
Maye 1597
|2| tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 01|00|00 — 09 — 03
|5| tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 01|07|01 — 00 — 00
|21| tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 00|14|00 — 13 — 06


Fol. 27 (Greg 1.53)

June 1597
|1| . . . . . . tt at a frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . 00|13|00 — 04 — 06
|16| tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 00|07|00 — 13 — 06
|23| tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 00|08|00 — 00 — 00
July 1597
|2| tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . . 00|04|02 — 00 — 13


Fol. 27v (Greg 1.54)

July 1597
|16| . . . . . . . . tt at frenshe comodey. . . . . . . . . . 00|09|00 — 14 — 00



Theatrical Provenance


The Admiral's men offered "A French Comedy" in late spring 1597 at the Rose; Henslowe marked it with "ne," seemingly therefore indicating that it was a new acquisition.


Probable Genre(s)

Comedy

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues


None known.

References to the Play


None known.

Critical Commentary


Malone does not give this play an entry (p. 299). Collier, in contrast, accepts "A French Comedy" as a new play but does observe that "we have had the title before" (p. 87, n1).

Fleay, BCED ignores the 1597 play and itemizes only "The French Comedy" in Henslowe's lists for the Admiral's men in 1595 (II.303; "Anonymous Plays," #162).

Greg II, lumping the two "French Comedy" plays, does say that there was no way to tell whether there were two plays or one; giving the 1597 run to the February 1595 original, he suggests that the 1595 play is being "revived with alterations" (p. 174, #67).

Gurr lumps the two French comedies into a single play, adding the performances of the 1597 play to those of the 1595 play in revival (#28 [p. 213-4, n.35).

Wiggins, Catalogue #1066 differentiates the two French comedies by giving the 1595 play the article "The" in the title (#989) and the 1597 play the article "A".

For What It's Worth


Information welcome.

Works Cited

Gurr, Andrew. Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594-1625. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.




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