Arnolphe

Arnolphe

plans marriage to ward; maintains guardianship under alias. [Fr. Lit.: L’Ecole des Femmes]
See: Deceit

Arnolphe

representative of jealous middle age. [Fr. Lit.: L’Ecole des Femmes]
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Here, dirty old man Arnolphe (Peter Forbes) plans to wed Agnes (Nicola Roy) until dashing Horace (Mark Prendergast) comes along and messes things up.
But here's a thing: by the time Arnolphe meets his fate, you almost feeling sorry for him.
It centers on Arnolphe, a middle-aged man's quest for a wife.
It has a slow start, yet a somewhat didactic argument between Arnolphe and his friend Chrysalde ends with a stunning intervention.
Aa Working for Arnolphe, they continually blunder in attempts to keep young Horace away.
Aa Abou Azama convincingly plays Agnes, and Arnolphe is brilliantly acted by theater professor Mahmoud El Lozy, who manages to upstage the entire student cast.
A good example of Hawcroft's critical technique is his perception that in the opening scene of L'Ecole des femmes the actions of the raisonneur Chrysalde are "determined by the dramatist's need to create a situation in which Arnolphe [the principal satiric target] will reveal, for the audience's benefit, his own unusual approach to marriage in general and to his own marriage in particular" (57).
IN MOLIERE'S 17th-century comedy ``The School for Wives,'' the middle-age bourgeois bachelor Arnolphe concocts a cure for his fear of marriage: He'll wed a simpleton.
The production at A Noise Within, under Sabin Epstein's direction, certainly squeezes enough laughs out of the play - thanks to Robertson Dean's comic turn as Arnolphe.
Peter Bowles is a delight as hapless merchant Arnolphe who locks his bride-to-be away in a convent to safeguard her purity.
Roxanne Lalande, "L'Ecole des femmes: Matrimony and the Laws of Chance," argues that the apparent subversion of the refusal of Agnes to be subject to Arnolphe is tempered by the denouement "founded on the subservience of feminine chance to masculine reason" (175).