All Misanthropy

Guy fed up with phonies and frivolity falls for cute, phony, frivolous gal. We've got so many of that T-shirt, we're surprised Molière's stage comedy The Misanthrope wasn't about a musician from its 17th-century get-go. As it is, playwright Lauren Marshall painstakingly re-translated the French text several years back, preserving the rhyming-couplet structure but making it kind of seem to be about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.

This fall, though, the whole hot-tubbing, moshing shebang has gone from shoegaze to showmanship -- it's all about the metal. ASU School of Theatre and Film recruited Jason Steffen, who fronts local black-metal band Singularity, to compose and perform new music with Marshall's lyrics and star as hero/chump Alceste through Sunday, December 4 (with a T-giving break).

Sat., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m., 2011
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson