Nyack New York's Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center explores love and jealousy via Moliere's classic comedy, The School For Wives.
Written in 1662,The School For Wives marked a break with comedy/ farce tradition, weaving the tale of a man on a quest for the perfect wife -- who, in turn, loves another man.
Olivier Award nominee Kirby Ward stars in Wives, alongside his real-life wife, Beverly Ward, as well as Clif Thorn, Andrea Bianchi, John Cariani, Dick Decareau and Joseph Jamrog. Former artistic director of OB's Musical Theater Works, Tony Stimac directs the comedy -- his 124th directing assignment. Asked about his take on Moliere's play, Stimac said in a statement, "I think setting it in Paris at the turn of the century, a lush romantic period, also makes this play about marriage, love and jealousy more immediate."
Other shows at the Hayes Center this season have included the premiere of Blake Edwards's comedy, Big Rosemary, and the drama Missing Footage, staged by Tony Walton.
The School For Wives begins May 6 and runs through May 23. Tickets are $20-$35 and can be purchased at the Helen Hayes box office or by calling (914) 358-6333. In June, the Hayes Center will offer the Stephen Sondheim & George Furth musical, Company.
-- Becki Heller