Harpagon


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Harpagon

his hoard of money means more to him than do his children. [Fr. Drama: Moliere The Miser]
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A FREQUENTLY great moment in Moliere's ``The Miser'' occurs when Harpagon, the title character, having discovered that his buried stash is missing, demands an explanation from the audience as to its whereabouts.
Even so, watching Mark Bramhall's Harpagon realize that, yes, there are actually people out there is one of many delights offered by Craig Belknap's production of ``The Miser'' at Glendale's A Noise Within.
With a mass of his possessions - most with price tags - in an unsightly heap in the front room (courtesy of set designer Trefoni Michael Rizzi), Harpagon shuttles anxiously back and forth between his cash box and a ticker-tape machine.
For purely financial reasons, Harpagon wants to marry off daughter Elise (played by Dayna Soloman) to a man she doesn't love, and he has his own eye on Marianne (Annie Quinn), his son Cleante's (Adam Grahm Smith) intended.
Harpagon may still be a money-obsessed dolt where his children are concerned, but you get the sense that there's some real sorrow at play when Smith's Cleante and Bramhall's Harpagon fall out.