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The Miser 

When: April 8-18 2010
Phone: 919-684-4444
Price: $10, $5 students
www.theaterstudies.duke.edu

Molire, who was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, didn't just use the French language—he practically reinvented it. Yet many theatergoers are unable to name any of his works beyond The Misanthrope and Tartuffe. Duke's Department of Theater Studies aims to change that tonight when The Miser debuts. The play examines love and money in a classic comedy of manners. Molire also lampoons technical theatrical standards of the day. (Supposedly, everything sounds sexier in French, but the word "meta" remains the same, save for an accent mark.) Joseph Megel's direction promises some gender-bending, with the women donning male garb for dual roles. The production follows Elisabeth Lewis Corley's new translation and adaptation. Molire scholar Mechele Leon will lead a free pre-show discussion at 6:45 p.m. in the Bryan Center's Multicultural Center. —Sarah Ewald

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