"This superb production is pure gold"
-The Princeton Packet
“...one of the season's more significant theatrical events"
-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"...simultaneously elevated and natural, in a sparkling american english."
-The New York Times
Stephen Wadsworth makes his triumphant return to McCarter Theatre with The Figaro Plays, two thrilling new translations of the great farces that inspired Mozart and Rossini’s operas: The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville. After dazzling McCarter’s audiences with his Marivaux trilogy, Wadsworth brings his genius to these two delightfully scathing social satires. Figaro, the famous barber, has his hands full with schemes, plots, and a master who chases all the wrong women. Lush, lively, and a little bit naughty, these plays are chock-full of hilarious misunderstandings, passion, disguises, and sumptuous period costumes. Bring the whole family to enjoy these freshly imagined classics (which can be seen in either order).
The Barber of Seville
Count Almaviva has fallen in love with Rosine, but she’s been locked in the house by her guardian, who has his own matrimonial plans for her. What’s a Count to do? Fortunately, the crafty Figaro is on hand to help sort everything out—or maybe to complicate it further!
The Marriage of Figaro
Figaro, everyone’s favorite troublemaker, is finally ready to settle down and get married. But when his master, the Count, starts eyeing Figaro’s bride, this crafty barber must use all his wiles and schemes to save his marriage. Servant and master are pitted against each other in an exuberant battle of the wits, and the aristocracy itself is at stake!