Dom Juan review – Molière’s lothario gets lost in translation

Tonight we’re listening to Dom Juan’s seductive escapades in English. Tomorrow night this bilingual production, from co-creators Theatre Lab and Exchange Theatre, will be performed in French. The setting is Venice and the translation is by the American academic Brett Bodemer. Performed to mark Molière’s 4ooth anniversary, this eclectic production from director Anastasia Revi certainly celebrates the breadth of the French writer’s influence – but a lot of his original wit and clarity have been lost in translation.
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Palladium Players will feature discussion on Molière’s comedy Tartuffe

On Monday, May 9, the Palladium Players will feature a discussion of Molière’s comedy Tartuffe. The free event starts at 6 p.m. in the Frank and Katrina Basile Education Suite at The Palladium in Carmel. This casual, educational discussion and reading will focus on select excerpts from the...

Molière in the Park presents "The Misanthrope"

(BROOKLYN, NY) -- Molière in the Park, in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, presents a fully staged production of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s The Misanthrope, directed by Molière in the Park’s Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien. The production runs May 13 - 25, 2022 in a limited engagement at Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center in Brooklyn.
Santa Barbara Independent

Review | Molière’s ‘The Miser’ at Westmont in Montecito

Theater Arts professor John Blondell has returned to the Westmont stage as director to bring us Molière’s The Miser, or The School for Lies. This 17th-century French comedy is about Harpagon, a stingy old battle-axe who scrimps despite her fortune amassed through loan sharking. She buries her money in a chest in the garden and is trying to marry her young son off to a wealthy old widow. She’s greedy and suspicious, and she becomes enraged when her treasure is stolen. Harpagon is also in the market for a new husband, and she sets her sights on the young Marianne, who happens to be in love with Harpagon’s daughter. Mother, children, and various servants become opponents in deceit as each party lies and manipulates their way to their ultimate goal.

Gerald Carpenter: John Blondell is Back at Westmont, And He’s Got Moliere With Him

Following his first semester as Westmont College’s global ambassador in the performing arts, John Blondell, theatrical magus extraordinaire, returns to Westmont to take up his duties as professor of theater arts and director of several of the Westmont College Festival Theatre sparkling productions, starting a radically rethought staging of "The Miser, or the School for Lies (1668)" by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-73), universally known as Molière.

Kansas City Actors Theatre Delights With New Translation of Molière’s “The Pests”

Christina Schafer in “The Pests” (KCAT) It is an unfortunate truth that a large percentage of the population continues to write classical theater off as being inaccessible or uninteresting. A lot of people have this sort of avoidance to everything from Oscar Wilde to the Greeks but it seems especially tragic for a playwright like Molière who, for one thing, doesn’t have his work produced on the same scale as, say, Shakespeare and therefore has less opportunity to prove his accessibility. But it’s also an unfortunate stigma because Molière’s plays are, above possibly all else, fun.

Britain’s indifference to Molière’s 400th is no surprise but it’s still shameful

In France the 400th anniversary of Molière’s birth is being celebrated in a big way. In Britain it has been greeted with a deafening silence. But then we have always been slightly wary of Molière. It is partly that we lack the histrionic tradition that led CE Montague to write that watching French actors play Molière was “like turning over a portfolio of old and choice theatrical prints”. It is also the difficulty of translation: I can think of a handful of good ones – including Tony Harrison’s The Misanthrope, Christopher Hampton’s Don Juan and Ranjit Bolt’s The School for Wives – but many that are rough without being ready.

Does the land of Shakespeare care for 400-year-old Moliere?

US actor Denis O'Hare could sense the ghost of Moliere smiling as he rode his co-star Olivia Williams like a horse on stage at London's National Theatre. Usually a rather cerebral place, the National's audience was in stitches as O'Hare's character Tartuffe, from the classic 17th-century French play, tried to disguise his adulterous antics as a bit of horseplay. "The comedy translates across the centuries if you know what you're doing," O'Hare told AFP. "Some of the funny was based on language, and some of it on sheer idiocy... But there are also great moments of pathos and human emotion that make it all the richer."

Molière – the secrets of a genius

Who shouted: “I am lost, I am murdered; they cut my throat: they stole my money! Who whispered: “To be devout, I am no less a man!” Who wondered: “What the hell was he going to do in this mess? Who confessed: “The little cat is dead”? You have no idea? Quickly re-read Molière. In order, Harpagon, in L’Avare, Tartuffe, in the eponymous play, Géronte, in Les Fourberies de Scapin, and the charming Agnès in L’École des femmes. But also read Le Bourgeois gentilhomme for the delirium of Mr. Jourdain who dreams of being a Grand Mamamouchi.
Kansas City Star

Things to do in Kansas City: The Beatles at the symphony, Good Living Expo, Molière

The Kansas City Symphony will start 2022 with a tribute to the most popular rock band of all time at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Vocalists will join the symphony for “Revolution: The Music of The Beatles,” featuring new arrangements of more than 25 hits, including “Ticket to Ride,” “Penny Lane,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Get Back,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude.”

UAF Theatre stages production of Moliere’s play “The Misanthrope”

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A 17th-century comedy of manners is getting a modern makeover in a news production from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Theatre Department. Moliere’s 1666 play “The Misanthrope” will be performed at the Lee H. Salisbury Lab Theatre. “We’re taking it and kind of modernizing it...