L'AVARE

Play Rating (0):

1 Hours 30 Minutes

Directed by

Varun Kapoor

Written by

Moliere

Language

Hindi

Cast
Genre

Comedy

Total Cast and Crew

16

Crew

-

Set heavy production

No

Performing at alternative venues

Yes

Synopsis

The Miser, five-act comedy by Molière, performed as L’Avare in 1668 and published in
1669.
The plot concerns the classic conflict of love and money. The miser Harpagon wishes
his daughter Elise to marry a wealthy old man, Anselme, who will accept her without a
dowry, but she loves the penniless Valère. Harpagon himself has set his eye on young,
impoverished Mariane, whom his son Cléante also loves. Much of the play’s action
focuses on Harpagon’s stinginess. Valère and Mariane are revealed to be Anselme’s
long-lost children, and they are happily paired with the miser’s son and daughter by the
play’s end, after Harpagon insists that Anselme pay for both weddings.

Although The Miser is usually considered to be a comedy, its tone is one of absurdity
and incongruity rather than of gaiety. The play casts the ancient comic figure of the
miser who is inhuman in his worship of money and all too human in his need for respect
and affection.

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