The Miser, by Moliere
Translated & Directed by R. David Valayre
With Abhishek Das, Cameron Dodd, Fabien Ferhani, Joyce Domanico-Huh, Deborah Murphy, Jeanette Sarmiento, Karen Sellinger, R. David Valayre, and Ket Watters.
Is The Miser a play for our times? You tell me.
The Miser shows a man obsessed with money and the power money confers. Our man has a son who likes extravagantly expensive clothes, displays himself all over town, and, where brains are concerned, is a sandwich short of a picnic. Our man also has a considerably brighter daughter, who longs to marry his steward and top adviser. Our man has dictatorial power over the whole household. Our man thinks of himself as almost perfect and has a soft spot for much younger women, who should not resist the attraction of his wealth. He is short tempered, generally obnoxious, and prone to firing whoever resists his will. Where power and money are concerned, he behaves like a child, has tantrums, no empathy for anyone, and is convinced the judicial system should bend to his whim. And, guess what, no one takes him seriously and everyone makes fun of him. Is The Miser a play for our times? Couldn’t possibly be: it was written in 1668… Not for our times, then, not for our times at all.
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