La Bête

(The Beast/The Fool)

by David Hirson

Directed by Lurana Donnels O'Malley

Nov. 10-19, 2000

Kennedy Theatre




Preview Article in Star-Bulletin

Preview Article in Honolulu Advertiser

Review by John Berger



This winner of five 1991 Tony nominations, a Drama Desk nomination for Best New Play of 1991, and the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year is a period-style comedy that has been called a modern classic. A rambunctious tribute to Moliere's comic genius, the comedy features rhymed couplets with a modern flair. A highly absurd, fast-paced, comedy romp.

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La Bête tells the story of Elomire, a 17th century French playwright, and his touring acting troupe who have come to lead the high life due to the patronage of the fickle Prince of Conti. Sparks fly when Valere, a swaggering and verbose braggart with delusions of artistic grandeur, becomes the Prince's choice to join Elomire's troupe.



1992 Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year

Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Playwright (1991)

Best Play Citation in Best Plays of 1990-91

Five Tony award nominations in 1991

Six Drama Desk nominations including Best New Play of 1991


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