The Game of Love and Chance

When: Sept. 22-Oct. 18 2009

I’ve heard the 18th century French playwright Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance described as an “antique comedy”, so I went expecting some pretty, out-dated thing that had all the liveliness of an ornament displayed on a shelf. Was I in for a pleasant surprise! It is indeed something beautiful to behold with its sumptuous costumes and gorgeous sets, but there is certainly nothing stiff or lifeless about this high-energy romp. The plot hinges on your basic case of mistaken identity: In an attempt to discern the true nature of the strangers they are betrothed to, two aristocrats disguises themselves as their servants. Of course, neither knows the other is up to the same trick. It may not sound hysterical, but believe me, I have never heard Fountain Hall filled with so much laughter, thanks in part to some truly inspired performances. –Kate Watson

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