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The Misanthrope

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The Misanthrope meets modernity in OHIO production

Moliere’s classic play has a 21st century twist


Ohio University School of Theater presents “The Misanthrope” by Moliere as their winter quarter production.

The play takes place in 17th century France, but the props are anything but old-fashioned. Cell phones, iPads and microphones along with modern music and dance, take this 1666 play and make it modern. “The Misanthrope” is one of the great masterpieces by France's most celebrated comic dramatist. Moliere’s classic satire is about the foibles of bourgeois society and those who rail against it.

Alceste, the misanthrope, a person who dislikes humanity in general, vows to abandon gossip and flattery and always tell the truth. Celimene, whom Alceste falls in love with, epitomizes the falsity and hypocrisy of bourgeois high society. Can his love for the beautiful Celimene force cynical Alceste to change his ways?

Ohio University’s production of the play plays a modern twist with high tech gadgets, which serve as a commentary on human emotions that stand the test of time such as jealousy and need for gossip. These themes have the ability to resonate with all audiences.

The play is running Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19 and Wednesday, Feb. 23- Sunday, Feb. 26. All showings begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free for OHIO students with a valid student ID.