Is He Dead? written by Mark Twain is a sly and hilarious critique of the art world. Tired of struggling, French artist Jean Francois Millet stages his own death in order to drive up the price of his paintings. As the riotous scheme unfolds and crazy complications ensue, Twain poses daring questions about fame, greed and the value of art, poking his signature, mischievous fun at everyone involved. Celebrated Mark Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin discovered Is He Dead? in a file cabinet drawer while doing research at UC Berkeley. She found herself laughing out loud right there in the archives of the Bancroft Library as she pored over the manuscript Twain had written in 1898.Is He Dead? opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on December 9, 2007, where it played for three months to rave reviews.
"A ripely enjoyable confection... an elaborate madcap comedy that registers high on the mirth meter and reaches especially giddy comic heights,"- Daily Variety.
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