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Claire Helene

Oh man, I'd love to see this. Sounds like so much fun!


I'm sorry I can't see the production. I adore Molière, whose plays are hilarious and slyly profound when well done. The Marx Brothers is a great comparison. Seeing a brilliant production of The Miser as a teenager was a pivotal experience for me.

I also appreciate that Ives (a funny guy) credits Molière, but re-titled his play. Years ago, I saw a production of The Miser that was set in the 80s – and rewritten! Charles Keating does not stand on a desk and make a speech in Molière's play! The production had a few laughs, but no charm or soul. The playwright should have written a new play, and said "inspired by Molière," or something, rather than pissing on a great work. I've also seen a version of The Inspector General that adds a bad opening scene to the play – and this version is sold by either Sam French or Dramatist Play Service, Inc. These are grievous crimes, true, but I feel the worst for the unsuspecting souls who encounter such a bastardization and don't realize the real thing is so much better.

Then there's Bulgakov's play, Molière. The RSC filmed a version that isn't easy to come by, but I'm happy to see someone posted it on YouTube.

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