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The Misanthrope to premiere at Na Woli stage of Dramatyczny Theater
February 14, 2014   
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The Misanthrope, or the Cantankerous Lover, a 17th-century comedy of manners in verse written by Molière was given a contemporary twist in a play to premiere Feb. 15 on the Na Woli Stage of the Dramatyczny Theater.

Although written more than 300 years ago The Misanthrope which satirizes the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society, is very up-to-date in pointing out the flaws which all humans possess.

The play directed by Grzegorz Chrapkiewicz shows a whole gallery of characters similar to those we meet on everyday basis in an underground, in a club or at lavish parties.

At the same time it is a drama of a difficult love. It employs two dynamic characters of Alceste and Célimène.

He is a hero with strong standards of honesty, highly critical of others and having idealistic views about society.

She is a bright and sociable woman entertained by many suitors insisting that her flirtation is harmless. Can Alceste, who reproaches Célimène for her coquettish behavior, fall in love with her?

Is Alceste, a funny and at the same time pathetic enemy of social pretension, ready to give up his principles for love?

This one of the best of Molière's plays, and one of the greatest of all comedies focuses on a man who is quick to criticize the faults of others, yet remains blind to his own.

The Misanthrope shown at Dramatyczny has been translated by Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, one of Polish most outstanding actors.

Cast includes: Wojciech Solarz (Alceste), Agata Wątróbska (Célimène), Sławomir Grzymkowski, Magdalena Smalara, Piotr Siwkiewicz, Maria Dejmek, Krzysztof Szczepaniak, Kamil Siegmund, Bartek Wesołowski, Michał Podsiadło and Daniel Szczypa.

Upcoming performances: Feb. 14, 15, 16 and 18 at 7 pm

Na Woli Stage of the Dramatyczny Theater, ul. Kasprzaka 22
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