Friday, January 7, 2011

'La Bete' opens today at Asolo Rep in Sarasota

 Danny Scheie as Valere/Photo by Cliff Roles

David Hirston's witty, rhyming comedy "La Bete" — currently a hit on Broadway — opens tonight at the Asolo Rep in Sarasota. My interview with director Michael Edwards and leading man Danny Scheie ran Thursday on the cover of the Herald's Weekend section.
The beauty of David Hirson’s “La Bete,” besides its hilarious dialogue delivered entirely in rhyming couplets, is the dagger-sharp comedy’s refusal to identify the titular “beast.” At least theatergoers shouldn’t expect such an answer from the Asolo Repertory’s production opening Jan. 7 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts’ Mertz Theatre in Sarasota. There will be ample evidence, though, supporting the “la bete” charge against several characters, which should lead to some exhilarating post-performance debates over drinks and such.
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