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The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliere

City Garage presents Molière’s The Bourgeois Gentleman

 City Garage revives its acclaimed production of Molière’s classic comedy The Bourgeois Gentleman. A Critic’s Choice in the LA Times, a Pick of the Week in the LA Weekly and nominated for numerous awards! Don’t miss the return of this madcap, silly send-up of upper class pretensions and noveau riche aspirations! 

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. Ingenious servants, pedantic masters, devious nobles, and earnest young lovers all propel this delightful satire of nouveau riche social climbers. And, in the end, is the “nobility” to which Jourdain so ardently aspires all that admirable? In this acclaimed translation by Frédérique Michel and Charles Duncombe the play is re-imagined for contemporary audiences, transporting us into an extravagant fantasy world of song, dance, and upper class nonsense. 

“This sleek City Garage take on Molière’s satire of nouveau riche pretensions in nominally avant-garde but mainly an unguarded hoot. Director Frederique Michel and Designer Charles Duncombe slyly tailor our times into their tart adaptation….a gracefully loopy soufflé.”

Critics Choice, LA Times

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Special preview on Friday, February 22nd at 8:00pm with complimentary champagne;

Opening night Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00pm.

Production Title:                                        The Bourgeois Gentleman

Author:                                                          Molière

Translated by:                                              Frédérique Michel & Charles Duncombe

Director:                                                        Frédérique Michel

Producer/Production Designer:           Charles A. Duncombe

Champagne Preview:                               Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Opens:                                                          Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Performance Schedule:                          February 22 – April 7, 2019

                                                                        Fridays, Saturdays 8:00pm; Sundays 4:00pm

Closes:                                                          Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Admission:                                                   $25.00, Students/Seniors w/ID $20.00

                                                                        Sundays: “Pay-What-You-Can” at the door only

Box Office/Information:                          (310) 453-9939

Online purchase:                              (link: Brown Paper Tickets)

Performance Address:                            City Garage

                                                                        2525 Michigan Ave. Building T1

                                                                        Santa Monica, Ca. 90404

 Directions:   City Garage is located at Bergamot. Take the 10 West to Cloverfield Exit.  North on Cloverfield to Michigan Ave. Enter the Main Gate. Building T1 is at the west end of the parking lot at the 26th St. gate. Go Metro and take the Metro Expo Line to 26th St/Bergamot Station. City Garage Theatre is right across the street from the station. Plan your trip on or call 323.GO.METRO (323-466-3876).

Fourth Weekend Q&A:

Informal discussion with the cast, crew and director Sunday, March 10th, after the 4:00pm performance.

This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

Earlier Event: February 16
Artist Talks - Lora Schlesinger Gallery
Later Event: February 23
Artist Talk - Serena Potter