Marivaux's fabulous Harlequin pursues his country love Silvia to the palace, where the lovelorn Prince holds her against her will. Flaminia, an intriguer at court, attempts to reroute the affections of both Silvia and Harlequin, whose take no prisoners belligerence is softened and transformed. None expect such huge and costly changes of heart and, at the end of a hilarious day full of wonderment, they and others at court are wounded and ennobled by love.
"A blazing emotional rainbow...The best classical theater I've seen all year." - USA Today
"Gorgeous...Dazzling...Mr. Wadsworth appears to be in communion with the playwright." - The New York Times
"An overwhelming Theatre of Emotions... The irresistible momentum of the plot rips the play wide open into a huge experience." - Village Voice
"No one in the world ... has understood Marivaux better than Stephen Wadsworth." - Lionel Grossman, Princeton University