In The Miser, Molière draws a merciless caricature of a father – Harpagon – who, in his worship of money, knows neither man nor God, losing his common sense and subordinating everything to it. In The Miser, Molière draws a merciless caricature of a father – Harpagon – before whom, in his worship of money, nothing is sacred, and who, taking leave of all reason, subordinates everything to his passion. Rosanna Clarteda’s work, on which the adaptation of the play is based, is a rapid-fire text written for today’s actors. The contemporary and modern tone allows for a direct and playful performance.
I am confident that this whole world of Molière’s creation, which depicts this very specific and familiar situation, will come to fruition. What this work confronts and the way it confronts us is very multifaceted. There is a fixed, immutable factor represented by a person ruling in a certain environment, and within that, there is an environment whose lives are affected and limited by it. The question is how they can relate to this. With despair, opportunism, assisting, deceit, apparent submission, rebellion, numbing. The way the play’s structure juxtaposes love and money mania is quite masterful. It all happens in front of us, like on an operating table, served with a lot of humor.
Máté Szabó, the director of the performance