CHICAGO--Is a Moliere comedy more successful as verse than as prose? Timothy Mooney, executive director of the suburban Stage Two Theatre Company, thinks so. He's adapted and directed a new verse version of The Miser, Moliere's comedy of avarice. Mooney's reason for turning the dialogue into nearly a thousand rhymed couplets? "The prose works cry out for the same playful sizzle of such works as `Tartuffe,' `The School for Wives' and `The Misanthrope.' When reconstructed into verse, the words and the action jump off of the page with excitement and humor."
Whether rhyming or not, the plot remains vintage Moliere: A miser wants his daughter to marry a rich older man and his son to wed a rich widow--while he has designs on his son's young lover. He must, of course, be punished, as much for his arrogance as for his penny-pinching. For information call 847-432-7469.
-- By Lawrence Bommer