‘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 […]

‘The School for Husbands’ by Moliere

In 1661 and 1662 Moliere presented the plays The School for Husbands (this one) and then The School for Wives. “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 […]

‘The Bourgeois Gentleman’ by Molière

The Bourgeois Gentleman of the title is a middle-class social climber, assured that by learning all the arts of a true and noble gentleman, he shall truly become one. This enables Moliere to satire both the pretentious middle class and the snobbish aristocracy all at one time. Originally presented in 1670 before the court of […]