Scapin

Jan. 16—Feb. 16 $30–$45
Constellation Theatre at Source
1835 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
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(202) 204-7741
Because the French playwright known as Molière has been dead for 350 years, and because Molière pretty much invented the farcical comedy, there’s not much a theater can do to tarnish his reputation. And yet Constellation Theatre is trying, putting on a thoroughly goofy slapstick adaptation of That Scoundrel Scapin, one of Molière’s silliest plays. Constellation’s production is directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, the associate director of Imagination Stage children’s theater. Aided by her design team, Bryer has infused this production with kiddie whimsy. Michael Glenn is delightfully nefarious as Scapin, the servant who’s the smartest guy onstage. His job, as the show opens, is to keep an eye on his master’s son; ditto for his butler buddy next door, played by Bradley Foster Smith. Yet most of the laughs are orchestrated not by the cast, but by an onstage pianist. Constellation has a strong track record of working with musical collaborators, and Travis Charles Ploeger has a great running gag, playing snippets of recognizable music at opportune moments. [RJR]

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