Magnifique: Play Review- Celimene and the Cardinal
It’s a sequel to Moliere’s The Misanthrope, but the director Jacques Rampal has written it. Very witty with lines like- so now that your servant has quit, who’s the replacement? asks the Cardinal.
Celimene replies, wiggling her fingers- I have ten!
Celimene is a feisty character, rarely getting cowed down by the Cardinal. An ex lover, he tries to browbeat her bees saal baad. He stumbles on a book of paintings of her done by her husband. He denounces them while looking through them 🙂 Tauba Tauba types.
Celimene invents a confession to keep her husband from jail. The Cardinal is conscience stricken, realising that he is the greater sinner. He returns the book of her paintings to her and vows to go away to a desert island.