City Garage revives its acclaimed production of Molières classic comedy The Bourgeois Gentleman. A Critics Choice in the LA Times, a Pick of the Week in the LA Weekly and nominated for different awards! Dont miss the return of this madcap, silly send-up of upper class pretensions and noveau riche aspirations!
Wealthy and foolish Monsieur Jourdain is in love with the Countess Dorimène and aches to be what he is nota member of the aristocracy. Determined to overcome his low birth with an education in high style he unwittingly surrounds himself with charlatans and swindlers who gleefully take his money and prey on his innocence. Ingenious servants, pedantic masters, devious nobles, and earnest young lovers all propel this delightful satire of nouveau riche social climbers. And, in the end, is the nobility to which Jourdain so ardently aspires all that admirable? In this acclaimed translation by Frédérique Michel and Charles Duncombe the play is re-imagined for contemporary audiences, transporting us into an extravagant fantasy world of song, dance, and upper class nonsense.
"This sleek City Garage take on Molières satire of nouveau riche pretensions in nominally avant-garde but mainly an unguarded hoot. Director Frederique Michel and Designer Charles Duncombe slyly tailor our times into their tart adaptation.a gracefully loopy souffle."
Critics Choice, LA Times
Molières equal-opportunity satire skewers nouveau riche pretension and aristocratic snobbery in this revival of City Garages acclaimed 2008 production. Though best known for stylish but challenging, sometimes impenetrable avant-garde material, Michel and her City Garage team have also demonstrated an impressive facility with classical farce and the comic ballet style of Molière in particular. For a centuries-old romp about a clueless vulgarian with delusions of grandeur, this one seems especially on point.
Los Angeles Times
"Ignorance is bliss at City Garage.Bo Roberts Monsieur Jourdain is supremely dopey and totally delightful. Danny Hackin is trusty and dependable as Valet. Angela Beyer is a breath of fresh air as the worldly and sophisticated Dorimène. Troy Dunns Dorante is slick and suave.Director Frédérique Michel finds a steady pace for the play and an admirable nod to tradition."
When you live anywhere that isn't the Westside, going to Santa Monica is a chore; but it was worth the drive Friday night to see City Garage Theatre's production of The Bourgeois Gentleman. Written by Moliére, translated by Frédérique Michel and Charles Duncombe, and directed by Michel, The Bourgeois Gentleman had the audience laughing from start to finish.flashy and avant-garde.Bo Roberts led the cast as Monsieur Jourdain and kept the audience rolling with laughter with his ridiculous antics and quick quips.a resounding success.This witty tale about the nouveau riche is bound to continue to make audiences gasp for air.
City Garage at Bergamot Station (View)
2525 Michigan Ave. Building T1
Santa Monica, CA 90404