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“Scapin” at USC’s Longstreet Theatre

The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Scapin,” February 19-21 & 24-27 at Longstreet Theatre. This adaptation of one of Molière’s final plays was an instant smash when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and as reported in The New York Times, “would have gone over big with the same audience who first saw The Fourberies de Scapin in 1671.” Moliere’s outrageous farce introduces us to the trickster servant Scapin, whose expertise in scheming is called upon by two young men, Octave and Leander, both desperate to escape marriages arranged by their fathers. With the help of his accomplice Sylvestre, Scapin spins ever more elaborate deceptions to help in the men’s romantic pursuits, and achieve some payback for himself in the process. The San Francisco Gate called the piece “…a generous gag-fest, packed with rib-tickling delights…”