Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sunday Evening in Central Park: Extant Arts Company presents Molière's "The School for Wives" at the Mineral Springs
Extant Arts Company's utterly charming and extremely funny production of Molière's The School for Wives with a cast filled with skilled comic performers, led by the rubber-faced clown David Berent as Arnolphe. Directed by Greg Taubman, this fast-moving adaptation, translated so gorgeously by Ranjit Bolt (first produced by London's The Peter Hall Company in 1997 under the direction of the great Peter Hall) that it makes Molière's rhymed verse seem totally natural and possessed of wonderful pleasures in English, especially when employed by the expert nine actors in the Extant Arts' ensemble tonight. A Doctor in Spite of Himself last year in Prospect Park -- but a lot depends on comic timing and natural delivery of the lines, originally written in seventeenth century French. We had both in the Extant Arts Company's performance.