Montclair actor poses as a poet in 'The Learned Ladies'
By GWEN OREL | The Montclair Times
When a loud airplane flies overhead, the cast says "maestro." The stage manager hits a button, and the company go into a short dance.
Such are the pleasures of outdoor theater.
Clark Scott Carmichael plays Trissotin, a literary poseur who's wowed all the women, in Molière's comedy "The Learned Ladies," which opens at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, in the company's outdoor venue, The Greek Theatre, on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township Click here to read more.
Educated Fools Abound in ‘The Learned Ladies’:
A Review of ‘The Learned Ladies’ in Morris Township
By MICHAEL SOMMERS | The New York Times
Their hair is big and their intellectual posturing is even bigger. They are Molière’s “The Learned Ladies,” and their ridiculous pretensions yield many a laugh in the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey’s current revival of his 1672 comedy.
Presented outdoors at the rustic Greek Theater on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township, the frisky and stylish production is a summer’s evening well spent. Translated into briskly rhyming couplets in 1977 by Richard Wilbur — the Montclair High School graduate who went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry — the satire is one of the French playwright’s final works.
In it, the mindless erudition and misguided aspirations of certain society dames are merrily lampooned. “Is there a stranger house in Christendom than mine,” asks Chrysale (John Hickok), a mild-mannered gentleman of Paris, “where women are as mad as hatters, and everything is known except what matters?” Click here to read more.
Frivolous Plot Gives Moliere’s ‘Learned Ladies’ Seductive Edge
By LIZ KEILL | The Alternative Press
What a setting; what an evening of delightful hijinks!
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey kicks off its annual amphitheatre production with Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies” on the campus of St. Elizabeth College in Convent Station.
The ladies and one of the men appear in towering white wigs, some topped with globes or books of poetry. The plot, of course, is foolishness itself.
Philaminte (Marion Adler) is intent on marrying off her youngest daughter, Henriette (Rachel Fox) to the pompous poet Trissotiin (Clark Scott Carmichael). But Henriette, being much more level-headed than her sister and mother, rejects him in favor of the handsome Clitandre (Maurice Jones). Click here to read more.
'The Learned Ladies'; A summer treat, courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
By BOB BROWN | The Princeton Packet
WHAT better way to celebrate summer’s arrival than a picnic and a show under the stars? The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey lets you combine both with Molière’s witty farce The Learned Ladies at the company’s outdoor home in the amphitheater of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township through July 27.
In a sparkling translation by poet Richard Wilbur, the play brings to life the foibles and pretentions of 17th-century Parisians — characters as hilarious today as when they sprang from Molière’s quill at the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. The master satirist takes to its logical extreme the idea that human action should be governed solely by reason and proper elocution. Before there was a feminist movement, the French playwright was already taking shots at women who had ideas and men who had no backbones. Click here to read more.
BWW Reviews: THE LEARNED LADIES at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is Pure Enjoyment
By MARINA KENNEDY | Broadway World
Moliere's The Learned Ladies is now being performed at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Outdoor Stage through July 27th. Area audiences will delight at the company's fine, frolicking presentation of this satirical comedy. Big hair, big ideas, and big blunders make the show a high-spirited theatrical event.
With superb direction by Brian Crowe, the The Learned Ladiesmoves seamlessly from scene to scene with perfect pacing. The artistic team has added just the right touches for this classic with scenic design by Charlie Calvert, lighting design by Hamilton E.S. Smith and costume design by Paul Canada. Click here to read more.