A Doctor In Spite of Himself: Moliere Farce at Berkeley Rep
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The last date listed for A Doctor in Spite of Himself was Sunday March 25, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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What a delight! A brilliant rendition of Moliere that, rather than being slavishly committed to a literal translation, takes the spirit of Moliere's naughty attention to current events and makes an audience in the U.S. in February 2012 feel the effect of playful farce the way 17th-century audiences in France may well have felt. Incredibly talented cast.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Smartly choreographed anarchy, combining old gags and new … For cheerful, nimble, bawdy silliness, this dish of meringue is hard to resist.” --Seattle Times
- “A fun night for everyone … Bayes’ take on Molière’s carnivalesque satire of the medical profession is a low-stakes fusion of commedia dell’arte and vaudeville—dry-rubbed with lewdness, scatology, pop music, and political incorrectness.”—Seattle Weekly
- “Immensely entertaining … Just what the doctor ordered …This show is bright, breezy and thoroughly ridiculous in spite of itself. Epp and Bayes work magic …The cast works like an overwound clock, ticking off comic bits, schtick and slap-schtick like crazy. (The wordplay is inspired. I especially like ‘mamormous bababazoonage.’) The bits get so stacked up that at one hysterical point, Sganarelle shouts out, ‘When is this play going to start?’ But as long as the laughs come as they do, no one really cares.” --Hartford Courant
- “Doctor is a fast-paced hoot …The show is a dizzyingly giddy experience marked by precisely executed comic business … It is relentless in its barrage of physical gags, wordplay, pop culture references and more. The production is a full-out assault on the funny bone.” --New Haven Register
- “Bawdy and hilarious … It’s silly, clever, fast paced and the best time I’ve had in a theater in quite some time.” --Broadway World
- "If you can imagine Pee Wee Herman and The Music Man sharing the stage with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, you get the idea … As for Moliére, he would laugh in spite of himself.” --New York Times
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