Comedy and the Beast

About 350 years before modern day comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Daniel Tosh, French actor and playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (known by his stage name Molière) had audiences in stitches. Little did the comedic master know way back then that he'd inspire another playwright -- multiple Tony Award nominee David Hirson -- to write La Bête in 1991. Set in 17th century France, La Bête is the story of a theater company patron's (Princess Conti) suggestion to add a street entertainer with a crass sense of humor (Valere) to the group. The leader of the troupe (Elomire) is having none of it, but Princess Conti (played by Georgia Clinton) gets her way, causing Elomire (Jakie Cabe) to make a decision whether to work alongside the arrogant Valere (Bradley Campbell) or bolt. Monday's performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Theater Three in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St.. The play, directed by Jac Alder, takes a holiday break from December 19 to 28 and runs through January 14. Tickets range between $10 and $50. Call the box office at 214-871-3300 or visit for tickets and more information.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 29. Continues through Jan. 14, 2011


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