Saturday, November 16, 2013

Clown in Spite of Himself

Oh dear.
We've been going to productions at Wayne State's Hilberry for many years, but this season has been a bit disappointing thus far.
Big Love was a fairly poor update of Aeschylus (The Suppliant Women). Parts were OK, but in general it stood as evidence of why one ought simply to perform the classics rather than try to "fix" them.
Ah, but it seems quite good in light of the clownish disaster of the "translation" of Moliere's A Doctor in Spite of Himself.
Good grief. Moliere wasn't a clown. Frankly, his comedies are right there with Shakespeare's. No one would ever have thought that after seeing this production.
Here's hoping some of the plays yet to come will redeem the season.