‘The Blunderer’ by Moliere

In this piece the plot is carried on … by a servant, Mascarille, who is the first original personage Molière has created; he is not a mere imitation of the valets of the Italian or classical comedy; he has not the coarseness and base feelings of the servants of his contemporaries, but he is a […]

‘The Bores’ by Moliere

Never was any Dramatic performance so hurried as this; and it is a thing, I believe, quite new, to have a comedy planned, finished, got up, and played in a fortnight. I do not say this to boast of an impromptu, or to pretend to any reputation on that account: but only to prevent certain […]

‘Love is the Best Doctor’ by Moliere

Four most fashionable doctors are called in by Sganarelle to cure his daughter, but instead they argue about everything and Sganarelle is driven to the streets where he finds a quack and his daughter’s disguised lover. Moliere: “This is only a slight impromptu, a simple pencil sketch, which it has pleased the King to have […]

‘The Misanthrope’ by Moliere

Alceste, the misanthrope, hates everyone including himself. But unlike in many pure farces with their cliche stock characters, the characters here are much more well rounded, and who knows – Alceste might actually grow and change throughout the play. “Those who admired noble thoughts, select language, accurate deliniations of character, and a perfect and entertaining […]

‘The School for Wives’ by Moliere

“The central situations of the two have much in common: the arbitrary and jealous lover to whom circumstances have given almost the authority of a husband: the simple ward rescued from physical constraint by the unfettered cunning of love.” I play Agnes, a young, innocent, and often foolish girl. Listen to a sample here. The […]