Review of ‘The Misanthrope’

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Though she doesn’t take the stage Marie Ann Chiment is one of my favorite things about the Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s adaptation of Moliere’s The Misanthrope. She is the costume designer for the play and I can’t stop thinking about the lovely wardrobe she fitted the actors with. Her use of color and patterns in the form of beautiful flat front pants, shiny fitted vests and perfectly constructed shirts made every actor look the very definition of the word dapper.

The incredibly dreamy and talented actors in the play combined with the garb made Moliere’s work even more captivating. Evan Jonigkeit seemed like a vampire perfectly acting the part of the selfish self absorbed succubus Celimene. While Dito van Reigersberg not surprisingly stole the show as Alceste. I felt the character’s frustration with the world as he spoke and glided across the stage. Whether in a fuming frenzy of words or mad with love he made me laugh and wallow in his misanthrope angst. Van Reigersberg launches into honest rants with diction and purpose that only a good actor could do.

The Misanthrope is the play to see right now. The actors are magnificent and the clothing handsome and rich. It runs until February 2, 2008 at the Second Stage at The Adrienne Theatre.

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