The Misanthrope (Der Menschenfeind)

by Molière
Director Anne Lenk
Stage design Florian Lösche
Light Matthias Vogel
Dramaturgy Sonja Anders
Premiere
29 March 2019, Deutsches Theater
Ulrich MatthesAlceste
Manuel HarderPhilinte
Franziska MachensCélimène
Lisa HrdinaÉliante
Judith HofmannArsinoé
Timo WeisschnurOronte
Jeremy MockridgeAcaste
Elias ArensClitandre
Alceste
Philinte
Célimène
Éliante
Arsinoé
Clitandre
New York Times
A. J. Goldmann, 13.12.2019
Ulrich Matthes leads a strong cast as the cantankerous, rude and generally unpleasant Alceste, who despises the hypocrisy of polite society.

[...]
With its brooding and moral indignation, Matthes’s interpretation has a touch of Hamlet in it, which helps make this “Misanthrope” the weightier — and more German — of Berlin’s two current Molière offerings. Lenk’s sure-footed direction is drier and wrier than Fritsch’s.

Molière’s sparkling wit still comes through beautifully, but Lenk resists succumbing to silliness the way Fritsch does [...]

Lenk makes clear the moral stakes of Alceste’s behavior and never lets us lose sight of the consequences of his intransigence;


Ulrich Matthes leads a strong cast as the cantankerous, rude and generally unpleasant Alceste, who despises the hypocrisy of polite society.

[...]
With its brooding and moral indignation, Matthes’s interpretation has a touch of Hamlet in it, which helps make this “Misanthrope” the weightier — and more German — of Berlin’s two current Molière offerings. Lenk’s sure-footed direction is drier and wrier than Fritsch’s.

Molière’s sparkling wit still comes through beautifully, but Lenk resists succumbing to silliness the way Fritsch does [...]

Lenk makes clear the moral stakes of Alceste’s behavior and never lets us lose sight of the consequences of his intransigence;


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