Moliere Today 1 by Michael Spingler

By Michael Spingler

This assortment makes a speciality of Moliere's theatre as works to be played in addition to learn. The essays deal of their quite a few methods with limits that are imposed and revered or violated and damaged. The query of transgression either as an issue inside Moliere's performs and as a limitation confronting Moliere's critics and interpreters is addressed. The booklet goals to amplify the scope of educational scholarship and comprise the pondering and insights of actors.

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Had the production consisted of a single play, for example Tartuffe, I am sure that I would have been a little bored with my role of Cléante, and that I would have probably dreamed of playing Tartuffe or Orgon —parts that show off an actor much more. The part of Cléante is rather complicated and ambiguous. It is that of a cool thinker who makes long speeches, and the role has the reputation of being a bore. But I was glad to play it and to find again the coolness and the moderation of this character, just after having played Arnolphe’s passionate journey, and having been also, in the meantime, Mr.

In the 60s, didn’t some stage directors believe that 20th Century costumes would “modernize” Molière? I remember, for example, a performance of The Misanthrope in which the men wore tuxedos and the women had gowns designed by a parisian grand couturier. Vitez opted for 17th century fashion. As in his production of Phèdre, the props were reduced to a minimum but the costumes were very elaborate. Did this testify to a certain concern for authenticity? : Antoine thought that modern costumes vulgarized the classical theatre.

The Misanthrope II, Act II, Scene 1. Photo: Ken Kauffman Contemporary Theatre Review 1997, Vol. 6, Part 1, pp. V. Cummings The scenography of two recent productions of The Misanthrope, one at Baltimore’s Center Stage and one at the Philadelphia Drama Guild, promotes a revisionist view of the play with Célimène at the center and, in the process, contrasts modern versus postmodern approaches to the design of classic texts. In Philadelphia, the lavishly designed space defines Célimène as a pampered hedonist.

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