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This timeless comedy of manners is considered one of Molière’s most probing and mature works. While it’s still an exemplar of 16th-century farce, Molière went beyond his usual comic inventiveness to create a world of rich, complex characters, especially in the cynical title character Alceste, played here by the Tony Award-winning actor Brian Bedford.

Lead funding for this production is provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

This recording also includes an interview with Larry F. Norman author of The Public Mirror: Molière and the Social Commerce of Depiction.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

  • Brian Bedford as Alceste
  • J. D. Cullum as Clitandre
  • Sarah Drew as Eliante
  • Martin Jarvis as Philinte
  • Darren Richardson as Basque, Du Bois
  • Susan Sullivan as Arsinoe
  • Nick Toren as Oronte
  • Matt Wolf as Acaste, Guard
  • Bellamy Young as Celimene

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Translated by Richard Wilbur.

©2013 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works

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Good play, great translation, good performance

I recommend this item. This play is significant in the history of classical French literature and indeed in the history of Western lit. The translation by Richard Wilbur is nothing short of excellent. It is in rhyming verse, which makes it more entertaining. Other great playwrights like the Bard used rhyming verse only occasionally. Also, this play goes to the heart of something inherent in human nature. In everyone, perhaps, there is a tendency to want to tell the truth, even when it might hurt or offend or insult others, but also a tendency to be diplomatic and polite and keep one's truth to oneself. This is one of my favourite plays in all the repertoire.

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What made the experience of listening to The Misanthrope the most enjoyable?

Great play. Great recording with dynamic use of sound and fine dramatic narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Misanthrope?

Alcest's showdown with his lady.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Alcest

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Just add Cabernet?