Guy de Maupassant is best known as an author of short stories and novels. It is less well known that he also wrote plays. The English Wikipedia article about the author only mentions his early comedy À la feuille de rose, maison turque, which was performed in 1875 but not published until 1945.
The French Wikipedia article lists four other plays by Maupassant:
- Histoire du vieux temps (1879)
- Une répétition (1880)
- Musotte (1891)
- La Paix du ménage (1893)
According to the French Wikipedia article, Histoire du vieux temps was quite successful. Nevertheless, it appears that Maupassant's plays have essentially gone out of print. (And I don't know if they have even been translated into English.)
Une répétition was published one year after Histoire du vieux temps and followed by a ten-year gap before the publication of his next play in 1891. It is possible that the author lost interest in the genre, for example, because he was so successful at writing short stories. It is also possible that it was so badly received that he avoided the genre for ten years. Hence my question: how did Maupassant's contemporaries respond to his play Une répétition?