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The School For Wives by Moliere
City Garage at Bergamot
Santa Monica, CA
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The School For Wives by Moliere
CHAMPAGNE FRIDAY! This Friday, March 9th! Complimentary champagne for all attendees!

In Molieres classic comedy Arnolphe, a rich merchant, is under the delusion that he can create the perfect marriage for himself by creating the perfect wife. He raises a young orphan. Agnes, from infancy, determined to keep her ignorant of everything except what he teaches her. As the play begins, he is about to marry her at last, or so he thinks, until the young woman skillfully turns the tables on him. in this award-winning translation by Frédérique Michel and Charles Duncombe City Garage remounts its acclaimed 2009 production with a contemporary twist that speaks to the issues of patriarchy, gender, and power in the Times Up headlines of today.

The central character in Molieres comedy, newly translated by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe, could be and often is a punching bag. But not here.The play emerges less as a clown show and more as a wistful, almost elegiac rumination on aging and folly.
-Go! LA Weekly

TOP TEN  Recommended!
Director Frederique Michel relies on an elegant new translation shes written in collaboration with producer and designer Charles Duncombe, with a staging that emphasizes the artificiality of Molieres comedy with balletic, stylized movement. The result is crowd-pleasing and consistently funny. As Arnolphe, Roberts captures the quintessence of male arrogance, egotism and insensitivity, which makes his growing desperation hilarious and leaves us longing to see him get his comeuppance.  Pida brings the asset of real youth (shes a high school senior) to the ingénue role of Agnes.Jaime Arze and David E. Frank score as a pair of dimwitted servants, and Troy Dunn is smoothly insinuating as Arnolphes friend, Chrysalde. The handsome set departs from the plays 17th century time period; Duncombe chooses instead to set the action in a time when such things happen, using a modernistic flavor. Josephine Poinset provides the clever and stylish costumes.
-Stage Raw

This comedy, considered by many to be Molires greatest, concerns a controlling guardian who has carefully cloistered his decades-younger ward in the hope of transforming her into the perfect (and perfectly ignorant) wife who will never stray. Controversial in its day, the premise seems abhorrently timely now. Dedicated avant-gardists Frédérique Michel and Charles Duncombe have devoted their theatrical careers to defiantly alternative theater. Their well-regarded translation of Wives, first produced at their theater in 2009, brings an invigoratingly revisionist perspective to Moliéres classic.
--Los Angeles Times

Delightfulalmost dance-likethe humor is nonstopRobertss performance touches our hearts.

-- David MacDowell Blue, Night Tinted Glasses

Location

City Garage at Bergamot (View)
2525 Michigan Ave.. Building T1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States


Categories

Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Name Withheld
Arcadia, CA United States
Apr 14, 2018 4:35 PM
Name Withheld
Arcadia, CA United States
Apr 14, 2018 4:35 PM
Kyoko S.
los angeles, CA United States
Apr 14, 2018 11:59 AM
Olga K.
Los Angeles, CA United States
Apr 10, 2018 11:28 PM
Olga K.
Los Angeles, CA United States
Apr 10, 2018 11:28 PM
Willie D.
sylmar, CA United States
Apr 04, 2018 4:38 PM

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