Misanthrope, or The Impossible Lovers Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 26 2009

As a rule, you don't want to be in the audience when a young ensemble attempts the rhymed couplets and mannered comedy of Moliere--especially if they're working from a homemade translation. And they've decided the play needs updating. And the set features a mini-trampoline. Here's the exception to that rule. Although it does all of the above, Vintage Theater Collective's version of the 17th-century classic about a paradoxically charming contrarian is smart, funny, well-paced, accomplished, and--thanks to the mini-tramp--literally bouncy. The four-person cast (Bob Kruse and Katy Carolina Collins, vivid in the central roles; Rachael Jenison and Steve Lenz, often hilarious as everybody else) are completely on top of Eric Powell Holm's fluent, rhymed translation set in the present-day art world. Holm's direction helps them bring out the anguish underlying the comedy. --Tony Adler

Price: $15

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