The School of Wives is Moliere’s funny play about an older guy who decides to create a most perfect wife for himself. He wants her young, pretty, simple, and ignorant – a blank creature that he may mold to his taste. Now, if you’ve heard of Moliere’s sense of humor, you can already imagine how that business will end, but there is no need when you can see it performed before your eyes.
Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT), performing at the Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Town, is presenting a condensed adaptation of The School of Wives. This version was translated and adapted by Artistic Director Lance Davis, who also plays the role of Arnolphe. He is good at it, delivering his lines with wit and making the audience laugh often. The cast includes Aidan Rees and Matt Franta as Agnes and Horace, as well as Marisa Chandler (Georgette), James Calvert (Alain) and John Harnagel (Chrysalde). Between French accents and quite a bit of physical comedy, as a group they entertain well. The play, which is only about an hour and fifteen minutes long, is over before you know it.
The small theater space is readied with about 40 chairs, with some room for expansion if needed, as it was on opening night when about 60 people showed up. The School of Wives is sold out for this weekend (2/13-14), but there are tickets still available for Sundays Feb. 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. PNT is a “Pay What You Will” experience, allowing you to offer anything from $5 to $25, as you are able and willing.
The play is recommended for ages 12 and up. The venue is located at 89 South Fair Oaks Ave. (just south of Green Street). Visit parsonsnose.com to purchase tickets and for more information.
dmLemattre photo / used with permission