Director Jane Nichols' director's note for The Learned Ladies illuminates this production while also serving as a beautiful treatise on the rigors of comedic performance and why we need it, maybe more than even, right now. Please enjoy.
The Learned Ladies is a scathing indictment of people Molière knew personally, as well as a comic satire on academic pretension, and repressive, narrow-minded views toward women’s intelligence and education. To boot, this is a rollicking family drama: sister versus sister, wife versus husband, brother versus brother, aunt versus herself, suitor versus parent, household help versus woman of the house. And then there are the two pedants at war as much with the English language as with each other.
No one escapes the bite of Molière's wit or rancor here, except perhaps Martine, the servant whose straightforward candor cuts through the pretensions and shabby excesses of self-regarding entitlement and with...Read more