Wealthy and foolish Monsieur Jourdain is in love with the Countess Dorimene and aches to be what he is nota member of the aristocracy. Determined to overcome his low birth with an education in high style he unwittingly surrounds himself with charlatans and swindlers who gleefully take his money and prey on his innocence. Ingenious servants, pedantic masters, devious nobles, and earnest young lovers all propel this delightful satire of nouveau riche social climbers. And, in the end, is the nobility to which Jourdain so ardently aspires all that admirable? In this acclaimed translation by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe the play is re-imagined for contemporary audiences, transporting us into an extravagant fantasy world of song, dance, and upper class nonsense.
The Bourgeois Gentleman Reviews
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Broadway World - Highly Recommended
"...Written by Moliere, translated by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe, and directed by Michel, THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN had the audience laughing from start to finish. Providing a satirical view of French aristocracy during the 17th century, this play - and part musical - put ostentatious Frenchman Monsieur Jourdain front and center to fully display his foolishness to become what he was not and would never be: a member of the aristocracy."
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Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended
"...Director Frederique Michel finds a steady pace for the play and an admirable nod to tradition but the action lacks extremes in both tempo and physicality. Charles A. Duncombe's original score fluctuates between French court and musical theatre. Costume design by Josephine Point and Gertrude Fuentes is uneven; some costumes are sharp and well-fitted to the actors while others are ill-fitting and hasty. Duncombe's lighting and set are cohesive and attractive."
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