East West Theatre brings us “The Learned Ladies”, a reinterpretation of the play with the same name by Molière, running for 5 nights at The Pearl Theatre starting today.
Long story short:
Too much learning can be a ridiculous thing! Henriette wishes to marry Clitandre, and her father approves. However, her mother, the intellectual Philaminte, has another suitor in mind – the pretentious and pompous poet Trissotin! Add into this mix a jealous sister, a libidinous aunt, and a pedantic scholar, and you get Molière’s outrageous comedy of domestic bliss and intellectual chaos.
Molière’s witty and hilarious comedy both satirizes the intellectual salons of the 17th century and engages in many of the debates and questions that arose during the time period.
Scandal and uproar greeted the première of The Learned Ladies in 1672. The play displayed outrageous things on stage such as women reading books and discussing scientific concepts – no matter how foolishly. The men came off even worse, being portrayed as variously pretentious, pompous, pedantic, and hen-pecked. Most shockingly, the young heroines of the piece were allowed to decide for themselves what kind of life they wanted to live, and who they wanted to marry.
Bookings and enquiries: [email protected], 15821435650, www.eastwesttheatre.com
Tickets :150 RMB in advance, 200 RMB on the door // June 18 – June 22 / starts at 8.00 p.m. // The Pearl, 471 Zhapu Lu near Wujin Lu | 虹口区
By Andreea Dragut
[Photo credit: D. Johnsson via East West Theatre]