Viktor Vysotskiy, reporter: “ Moliere’s “Misanthrope” comedy can be organically applied to the days of now, because it talks about the conflict of the main character and the rest of the society. It seems that the director – Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy – picked it up in the 17th century to carry it over into the 21st, but dropped it on the way – in the 19th”
Such impression is generated mostly thanks to costumes and translation by Tatyana Schepkina-Kupernik. That’s why you feel that you’re watching Griboyedov’s “Woe from Wit”, and that misanthrope in black is actually Chatskiy.
The “Misanthrope” was labelled by Moliere himself as a comedy. But take your time before you start laughing. Because we do know great many comedies which describe painful issues of the everyday life. Along the likes of Dante’s “Divine Comedy or Balzac’s “Human Comedy“. And in general – can a man who believes that speaking the truth into one’s face would change people for the be considered as tragic or funny?
The play’s design hints at the theater from Moliere’s epoch. But that is the only reference to the time when the play was written. Because the setting or the delivery have no traces of the old French theatre. Scenic life of actors is declaratively contained, movement is minimal.
The main character of Moliere’s comedy – Altsest – failed to improve his friends or his loved one. It could be that actors from the Komissarzhevskaya Theatre would be able to achieve that – since they are not misanthropes.