Beginning June 29, Eighteenth-century French playwright Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux will be performed at the Kennedy Center by those who know. The French theatre company, Theatre des Amandiers, will present the dramatist's The Game of Love and Chance at the Eisenhower Theatre for a short run through July 1.
Marivaux is best known in the U.S. for his romantic farce The Triumph of Love, which has received several noteworthy productions in recent years. It also inspired the short-lived 1997 Broadway musical by the same name, which starred Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham under the direction of Michael Mayer.
In Game of Love, Silvia decides to disguise herself as her maidservent in order to secretly observe her fiance in an arranged marriage. Unknown to her, however, her intended has enacted the same scheme. Jean-Pierre Vincent directs.
The Game of Love and Chance will be performed in French with English supertitles. For information, call (202) 467-4600.
--By Robert Simonson