HURON If you think soap operas can be fast and funny, check out "The Miser" and his kooky household currently on stage in McBride Auditorium at Firelands College Theatre.
There are silly characters, elaborate costumes and fun wigs to boot. Situations are pleasantly ridiculous. Action moves briskly. And communications get wildly confusing as the production builds to a frenetic, comedic peak. "The Miser" was written by Jean Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673) who used the name Moliere to spare his family embarrassment in a time when theater was not considered a respectable profession.
Besides being a playwright, Moliere was also an actor and a director. He wrote such scintillating satire that 33 of his plays still entertain audiences around the world today. In his day, Moliere was a favorite of King Louis XIV. Moliere excelled in domestic comedies which targeted hypocrisy. "The Miser" is no exception.
Here the miser is Harpagon, a stingy, cantankerous old geezer who would rather have his fortune than his children. Anthony Gardner plays him well. His slender build and long, narrow face help to sell the look. Age makeup isn't bad but could be even stronger and should include both neck and hands. Gardner's voice and expressions work very well. Yet posture and movement could be more aged. Wild eyed bewilderment and frantic movements escalate nicely. All things considered, he's a very funny miser.