Is honesty always the best policy? Alceste, a French aristocrat, is committed to telling the absolute truth regardless of the repercussions. Unfortunately, he’s in love with the flighty young widow Célimène, who epitomizes society’s excesses, and a comedic collision course of values is inevitable. Written nearly 400 years ago, Moliere’s witty classic demonstrates once again that the more things change, plus c’est la même chose!

The Misanthrope

October 24 - November 3, The Helen

Written by Molière
Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Donald Carrier

Runtime:
Act I: 60 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
Act II: 45 minutes
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Total: 2 hours

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Play Video From left: Stephen Spencer, Therese Anderberg in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Therese Anderberg, Stephen Spencer in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Graduate Ensemble of 2014 in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Therese Anderberg in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Therese Anderberg, Stephen Spencer in the CWRU/CPH  MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald  Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Stephen Spencer, Bernard Bygott in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Therese Anderberg, Christa Hinckley in the CWRU/CPH  MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald  Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Therese Anderberg in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Stephen Spencer as Alceste in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Also pictured: Sarah Kinsey, Bernard Bygott. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. TJ Gainley as Oronte in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Also pictured: Sarah Kinsey, Christa Hinckley, Bernard Bygott. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Christa Hinckley in the CWRU/CPH  MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald  Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Drew Derek as Acaste in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Also pictured: Christa Hinckley, Bernard Bygott, Joseph Dunn. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Christa Hinckley, Stephen Spencer in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Joseph Dunn as Clitandre in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Also pictured: Christa Hinckley, Bernard Bygott, Drew Derek. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Stephen Spencer, TJ Gainley in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Bernard Bygott, Sarah Kinsey in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni Graduate Ensemble of 2014 in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Joseph Dunn, Drew Derek in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Bernie Bygott in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Therese Anderberg, Stephen Spencer in the CWRU/CPH  MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald  Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Joseph Dunn, Therese Anderberg and Drew Derek in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. TJ Ganley in the CWRU/CPH  MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald  Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Drew Derek as Dubois in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Sarah Kinsey in the CWRU/CPH MFA   Acting Program production of The Misanthrope directed by Donald Carrier, in The Helen at PlayhouseSquare, October 24 - November 3, 2012. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.
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Fabulous! This play was entertaining and thought provoking. Acting and costumes were superb. I especially more enjoyed the translation to English.

- Anne Poirson, Cleveland Heights

A brilliant production! Held your attention! Delightfully funny!

- jmp , bflo ny

Wonderful acting and staging - entire production was flawless! Touching final scenes.

- R, Cleveland suburb

I thought the play was amazing. The actors were fanstatic and aptly fit their more roles. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys witty humor.

- AMD, Cleveland, OH

A brisk, muscular, fearless performance by a richly talented ensemble. Their sure-footed use of Moliere's more language and specific, character-rooted physicality result in a show that drives unflinchingly forward to its satisfying conclusion. If you love watching really good actors go for it, balls to the wall, you'll love The Misanthrope.

- Erin Bunting, Huron, Ohio

We attended opening night. I wasn't expecting such a polished performance. Excellent! Kudos to the more cast, crew, and CWRU.

- Robert & Mary Salomon, Mayfield Village


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Fabulous! This play was entertaining and thought provoking. Acting and costumes were superb. I...

- Anne Poirson, Cleveland Heights

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