Moliere's 'The Miser' to play at CRT

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., Oct. 18, 2011
Moliere's 'The Miser' will play at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre from Oct. 27 through Nov. 6. Contributed photo. - Contributed Photo

Connecticut Repertory Theatre opens its Studio Works Series season with Miles Malleson’s adaptation of Molière’s comic masterpiece The Miser.  The production will run Oct. 27 through Nov. 6, in the Studio Theatre on the Storrs campus. “Molière is one of the greatest comedic writers in western literature,” said CRT Managing Director Frank Mack.  “Written in 17th century France, The Miser is a hysterical skewering of greed, love and family.” Though the play is traditionally set in large performance spaces, CRT’s production will be mounted in an intimate studio theatre setting.

The Miser’s central character, Old Harpagon, is a penny-pinching miser who loves his hidden fortune more than his own children. When he gets in his mind that there is a penny to be made by marrying off his son and his daughter, both son and daughter foil their father’s plan by falling head over heels for suitors of their own.

Director Karen Ryker said, “The Miser is one of the funniest plays that Molière wrote.  It pokes fun at the follies, vices and hypocrisies of our less than perfect society.  His target in this play is greed and avarice, but because Molière paints characters with such skill, he mines the humanity of his characters.”

“Molière’s energetic, fast paced and frantically funny play is a comic tour de force that is as poignant today as it was four centuries ago,” said Mack.

CRT’s production features BFA acting students: Marisa Desa as Servant, Thomas Dubinski as Cleante, Joshua Scott Friedmann as Servant, Mischa Goodman as Frosine, Harrison Haney as Master Simon/Anselm, Shane Harris as Valere, Ryan Jordan as Jacques, Andrea Pane as Harpagon, Andrianna Prast as Elise, David Smith as Police Commissioner, Desmond Thorne as La Fleche and Kate Zulauf as Mariane.

Please call 860-486-4226 for tickets or for more information. Please call the box office or visit for specific show dates and times, because performance schedules vary and are subject to change.

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