The New York Theatre Workshop's (NYTW) production of The Misanthrope uses an adaptation prepared for a 1975 Broadway staging of Molière's classic, but outside of his sharp barbs aimed at society, tradition takes a back seat to technology. Contemporizing the 17th-century play is nothing new; Off-Broadway in 1999, Roger Rees portrayed the tyrannically sincere Alceste as a playwright, bitterly enthralled with Uma Thurman's boldface name of a Célimène. This new Misanthrope, however, doesn't ...

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