On the heels of its two-play repertory run of The Oresteia and The Way of the World last year, the Pearl Theatre Company took another go at it. This year's selections of French classics were A Will of His Own and Andromache at Theatre 80 in lower Manhattan. Both shows will end their rep run over the weekend, on June 16 and 17 respectively.
In A Will of His Own by Jean-François Regnard and translated by Michael Feingold, a servant attempts to discredit the heirs to the wealth of a tyrannic miser by masquerading as each relative before the dying tyrant. Russell Treyz directs.
The cast includes John Wylie, Arnie Burton, Rachel Botchan, Christopher Moore, Dominic Cuskern, Celeste Ciulla, Valerie Leonard, Felice Yeh and Andrew Firda. Several of this cast will also appear in Andromache.
Andromache, is directed by Pearl Theatre artistic director Shepard Sobel. The play follow a love triangle between five people. Orestes loves Heroine who loves Pyrrhus who loves Andromache who still loves her husband though he is dead. The play by Jean Racine was translated by Earle Edgerton.
For tickets, call the Pearl box office at (212) 598-9802. Both shows will play at Theatre 80 located at 80 St. Mark's Place (between First and Second Ave.) through June 17. For more information, visit the company's website at www.pearltheatre.org. — by Ernio Hernandez