Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Biting New Comedy of Revenge
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Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Molière's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Molière's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of suitors. Teresa Thuman and Ken Michels co-direct this Center Theatre production, in which a saucy siren finally meets her misanthropic match. Learn More
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Featured review from Thomas Anderson
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It was funny and poignant. It was good to see a women who had empowered herself enough to get out of a bad realtionship. We could see that he had often apologized and tried to sweet talk his way around his bad behavior but this time Nan wasn't having it.
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“It’s funny and quick, [and Lauren Gunderson] is emerging as an up-and-coming Bay Area playwright.” —_San Francisco Chronicle _
Directed by Keri Healy
From Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, comes one of the most famous and provocative stage directions of all time: “Exit, pursued by a bear.” This line has served as the title of books, as punch line to jokes, the name of an Irish rock band, and now, a new play.
Lauren Gunderson says that _Exit, Pursued by a Bear _“is mean and beautiful, uncalled for and giddy, feminine and burly … The first half is vicious and full of dread and injustice. The second half is a romantic-comedy. It’s this blending of tones (delightful and dreadful) and structure (drama and comedy) that Bear attempts to echo. The characters in _Bea_r do not know that they’re in a comedy.”
The play is full of contradictions and juxtapositions – humor about serious things, the Southern and the Shakespearean, love and hate and violence and justice and bears and karaoke. Gunderson adds, “And here’s a spoiler: whereas Shakespeare ends his comedies with a marriage and song, Exit, Pursued by a Bear ends with a road trip and karaoke.”