(Robert Hurwitt’s article appeared on SF Gate, 9/24.)
"Molière didn't write this part," Bill Irwin's Scapin explains to a skeptical-looking cast mate midway through the hilarious "Scapin" that opened Wednesday at American Conservatory Theater.
Molière didn't write most of that other character's part, either. Nor did his "Les Fourberies de Scapin" include most of the topical asides, comical dance and Robert De Niro spoofs in Irwin and Mark O'Donnell's adaptation – let alone one extra marriage and a climactic chase scene. What matters is that this is, pound for pun, the funniest show of the year thus far.
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