The Misanthrope

A new take on an old play. This updated version of the Moliere classic, by Martin Crimp, brings the language and the setting into modern times. The setting is fantastic – all white and shocking pink.
The cast were all good, in particular Andrea Runge as Jennifer, Michele Giroux as Ellen and Stuart Hughes as Alceste.
The play is funny, but thinking it over afterwards I came to the conclusion that it is not a very good play. The final renunciation of her lover by Jennifer is not unexpected – what does not ring true is his expectation that she will actually give up her whole life and run off to the country with him. the sartire ignores psychology, so the characters do not seem at all real, to the detriment of the play.
It will be interesting to compare with the upcoming production at Stratford, which judging by the promotional photos will be much more traditional, at least in costumes and setting.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Misanthrope

  1. Keith says:

    I guess my main response is that it was interesting (not such a bad thing).For some reason, being in rhyme was harder to take in more modern language, although it resulted in some amusing phrasing.I am never sure if I should be more sympathetic towards Alceste – he is often right, but would be a total pain to have around. I am more comfortable with Philinte, but that may just say more about our times (and me).Anyway it was interesting and entertaining and, as I seemed focused on "The Homecoming" today, I think Runge will be good Ruth – both with the words and the silences, at Stratford this summer.

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