Thursday, July 7, 2011

'The Miser' comes to the Old Stone House

By Alex Rush

Molière is going modern.

The French playwrights satirical comedy, The Miser, first performed in 1668, gets the 21st-century treatment Park Slopes Piper Theatre. Its the same story about a mans quest for social status, though some references have, of course, been updated.

People wont have any trouble seeing themselves reflected in the play, said Welker White, who wrote and directs the adaptation, which updates Molières sharp dialogue with references to contemporary pastimes such as surfing the Internet.

The play, which runs on the lawn of the Old Stone House starting tonight, follows Harpagon, a money-grubbing man who wants to marry his children off to rich families. Not all, of course, goes according to plan, as his children have suitors of their own in mind.

White, who has lived in Park Slope for nearly 20 years, says she was also drawn to The Miser because the plot allows for a lot of physical comedy. So expect her actors to be extremely animated a technique suited for The Misers outdoor venue.

Well have big emotions and big physical comedy that can be communicated across the big Old Stone House lawn, said White.

“The Miser” at the Old Stone House [Fifth Avenue at Third Street in Park Slope, (718) 768-3195], July 7–8, 14–15, 21–22, 8:30 pm. Free. For info, visit


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