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The Miser by Moliere: A New Translation and Adaptation
     

The Miser by Moliere: A New Translation and Adaptation

by James Magruder (Translator), Molière
 

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The widower Harpagon, so cheap he'd swipe the pennies off a dead man's eyes, rules his roost with a tight, iron fist. His unhappy, rebellious children, Cleante and Elise, are afraid to tell him of their romantic attachments: Cleante has fallen in love with the beautiful but penniless Mariane, who lives with her invalid mother, and Elise has secretly promised to wed

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The widower Harpagon, so cheap he'd swipe the pennies off a dead man's eyes, rules his roost with a tight, iron fist. His unhappy, rebellious children, Cleante and Elise, are afraid to tell him of their romantic attachments: Cleante has fallen in love with the beautiful but penniless Mariane, who lives with her invalid mother, and Elise has secretly promised to wed Valere, a young charmer of unknown parentage who has flattered his way into being Harpagon's chief steward. When Harpagon reveals his own marital designs—he will wed Mariane himself and yoke Elise to the wealthy but aged Seigneur Anselme—children, suitors, disgruntled servants, and the wily Jill-of-all-trades Frosine conspire to foil the miser before the marriages can take place. When Harpagon's treasure, buried in the backyard, is stolen, he rounds up all the suspects—including the audience—and threatens torture and imprisonment. Only the last-minute arrival of Seigneur Anselme, bearing secrets of his own, can unite the proper couples and restore Harpagon to his one true love—40,000 pounds in gold.

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Baltimore Guide
Magruder has done a wonderful job of tweaking and freshening the 17th-century French farce. It is downright beautiful to behold and marvelous to hear...this [play] is laugh-out-loud funny, and the topical references are fresh, not forced.
Lifetimes.com
...[THE MISER] is generous in its amorous plotting and slapstick-level humor. It's so fast and silly that no dust could possibly settle on Moli�re's classic play. Much of that lively spirit is due to a new translation and adaptation by James Magruder...though still presented as a period piece, this translation isn't afraid to speak in today's language...you'll laugh at every scheme and revelation along the way.
Sun (Baltimore)
...highly accessible new translation...takes bold chances without ever losing sight of Moli�re's original intent...A MISER in which more is always more�what could be more fitting for a play about greed?
Washington Post
The saucy serving of THE MISER...is for those who like their French fare spicy and au courant. The veteran translator James Magruder provides a burlesque kick to Moli�re's 336-year-old farce, and the result is a delectable evening of shameless off-color gags and timeless double-entendres.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822219996
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
63
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)

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