Regular readers know how much I like Aristophanes—at least English translations of him. Over 2000 years before the Elizabethan playwrights, he knew how to write a comedy. And none of them did. I think we have to get all the way out to the Restoration before we get a really good comedy in Great Britain, but don’t hold me to that, that’s just what I think off hand.
If anyone knows a little about Aristophanes, they will know that he wrote Lysistrata. In this play, the title character convinces the other women of the various Greek city states to withhold sex from their husbands to get them to end the Peloponnesian War. It is a brilliant idea that is well executed. What’s more, modern viewers generally find it very enjoyable to watch. And most of all, it is far more evolved in its thinking of women and sexuality than much of the modern Republican Party.
Lysistrata may have been written almost 2,425 years ago, but the Lysistrata ideal is alive and well in the form of the wife of Virginia Del. David Albo. Watch:
Ha cha cha cha!