Discuss the play's duality both as ''physical, bawdy, sex comedy' entertainment -AND- 'political theatre' with an important message? How do these work together? Any examples of present day plays/movies using similar tactics?
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In Lysistrata, as in many of Aristophanes plays, a serious political point is made entertaining by obscene physical comedy. In part, the dialogue, especially the parabasis, introduces the ideas of the play, and the ithyphallic costumes and physical stage business contribute much to the comic effect. Aristophanes’ use of verbal humour, including obscene puns and plays on the names of politicians (especially Cleon, whom he detested) often contribute to the political effect, criticizing ideas or policies by making them appear absurd. Many shows like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show continue this tradition of political comedy.
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