The Bourgeois Gentleman

Bonjour Citygaragistes,

Happy holidays! In the spirit of that, City Garage brings you, by popular demand, a little seasonal cheer with a reprise of Moliere’s classic comedy“The Bourgeois Gentleman,” translated and adapted by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe. And this week on “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests,” Steven talks with performer, poet, and award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro. We’ll be running these for the next two weeks until we return with new programming for 2021.

And here is a little about the “Bourgeois”:

Nominated for “Best Adaptation,” 2008 LA Weekly Theatre Awards
Nominated for “Best Adaptation” by the LA Weekly, and a “Critic’s Choice” in the Los Angeles Times, this sparkling new translation/adaptation of Moliere’s classic comedy le Bourgeois Gentilhomme was described by the LA Times as a “gracefully loopy soufflé” and an “unguarded hoot.” Wealthy and foolish Monsieur Jourdain is in love with the Countess Dorimène and aches to be what he is not—a member of the aristocracy. Determined to overcome his low birth with an education in high style, he unwittingly surrounds himself with charlatans and swindlers who gleefully take his money and prey on his innocence. Originally written by Moliere as a “comedy ballet” for Louis XIV, this new translation re-imagines the play for today’s audience, transporting us into an extravagant fantasy world of song, dance, and upper class nonsense with a French accent.
Here is what the critics had to say:

“With a generous soupcon of witty anarchy…this sleek City Garage take on Moliere’s deathless satire of nouveau riche pretensions and aristocratic machinations is nominally avante garde, but mainly an unguarded hoot….With many wicked analogies to modern mores, Michel and Duncombe slyly tailor our times into their tart adaptation, complete with anachronisms, nonstop postures, and purposely limp songs….everyone embraces the formalized mischief with élan.”

“Critic’s Choice,” Los Angeles Times

“Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe’s fresh and bawdy translation-adaptation serves up a bouquet of comedic delights.”

“Go,” LA Weekly

It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, December 25, through noon on Friday, January 1st.

It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page:

Merci to all our donors throughout this very difficult year. We hope for good things for 2021 and to see you all again at City Garage as soon as it is safe to re-open.

Merci, stay safe, wear a soak, and bonnet fetes!



Here are some photos:
(Left to right) Troy Dunn, Jeff Atik, Ruth Crossley photo: Paul Rubenstein

(Left to right) Troy Dunn, Jeff Atik, Ruth Crossley photo: Paul Rubenstein
(Left to right) Jeff Atik, Ruth Crossley photo: Paul Rubenstein

(Left to right) Jeff Atik, Max Molina photo: Paul Rubenstein