Don Juan Giovanni: Unique Combination of Mozart and Moliere at American Repertory Theatre
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The last date listed for Don Juan Giovanni was Tuesday September 11, 2007 / 7:30pm.
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“In its singing and beauty, in its provocative stage pictures and erstwhile stand-up comedy, the production leaves you grasping for superlatives. It is a wondrous work.” -Minneapolis Star-Tribune __
A.R.T. begins its season with another collaboration with Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Carmen, The Miser, Amerika). Don Juan Giovanni combines the beauty of Mozart with the brilliance of one of France�s greatest comic writers, joining Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Moliere’s Don Juan to form a cross-country road trip that skewers notions of love, sex, and hypocrisy.
Sganarelle, Don Juan’s long-suffering servant, is tired and jealous of his master’s libertine ways. Juan lurches from one sexual escape to another, while Sganarelle is left to pick up the pieces and drive the escape car. But when Sganarelle tries to raise moral objections, Don Juan runs rhetorical circles around him and persuades him to continue — and so the pattern of their life together continually repeats itself as the two of them motor across the country in an unending road trip to nowhere.
One day, at a drive-in movie, Don Juan and Sganarelle meet their counterparts Don Giovanni and Leporello. Giovanni, in disguise, has attempted to seduce the wealthy Donna Anna, who runs into the street calling for help. Her father, the Commendatore, comes to her aid, but is killed in the ensuing brawl. Anna vows to avenge her father’s death. Meanwhile Don Juan and his companions run into Elvira, Juan’s estranged wife, who is also set on revenge. And when Juan and Giovanni seduce the fiancee, a simple garage mechanic, it seems that the whole world is turning against this pair of intractable gigolos. But when Don Juan boasts that he’ll give dinner to the ghost of the murdered Commendatore, has his hubris finally gotten the better of him?