`Misanthrope' at Arena Stage

Best Bet

October 03, 2002|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Arena Stage continues its season with a new British translation of a 17th-century French comedy, directed and designed by veterans of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The play is Moliere's The Misanthrope; the translator is Ranjit Bolt, whose work has been seen at London's Old Vic as well as the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company; the director is Penny Metropulos, associate artistic director at the Oregon company; and the designers are William Bloodgood and Deborah Dryden, Oregon's resident scenic designer and costume designer, respectively.

Arena's production stars Michael Emerson (winner of a 2001 Emmy for his portrayal of a serial killer on ABC's The Practice) and Nance Williamson. Also featured is former Arena company member John Leonard Thompson.

Show times at Arena, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. selected Sundays and noon selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The show runs through Nov. 3. Tickets are $34-$57. Call 202-488-3300

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