Famous in drama, opera, poetry and story, the immortal rake, Don Juan, is here treated by Molière as a means to ridicule human follies, pretensions and hypocrisies while, albeit delightfully, pointing up a timeless moral. The action of the play moves with swiftness and style as Don Juan pursues his amorous prey, bemusing his world-weary servant, Sganarelle, and deftly turning aside the wrath of his enemies. Contemptuous and arrogant, Don Juan is also a figure of enormous verve and magnetism, and while the error of his ways makes his demise inevitable, the calm dignity with which he accepts his spectacular fate only adds to his richness and dimensions as a legendary character.
A new and sparkling version of Molière's classic play, which enjoyed both critical and popular success in its New York presentation by The New Phoenix Repertory Company. "Porter's adaptation is clean and linguistically comfortable, and his textual interpretation both intriguing and amusing for a modern audience." —Cue Magazine. "It is a sly and wonderfully witty play." —NY Newsday. "…the play is as delightful as it is deep…" —NY Magazine. "…it sparkles…" —NY Times.