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Ring Round The Moon

High School Theatre production, directed by CoCo Wiel

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Scot Allen

April 29-May 8
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Kawaiaha'o Recital Hall
High School Theatre production, directed by CoCo Wiel
Tickets 973-5066

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Jean Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon first appeared in France in 1947 as L'Invitation au Chateau. Especially important in Anouilh's career, the play is the earliest of his pieces brillantes, a rather mixed group of four works moving from two lighter to two darker pieces. Brilliantes has been employed to describe the polished and sophisticated gemlike quality of this group, most prominently displayed in Ring Round the Moon's complex plotting, ceaseless obstacles, and still--after all--the reconciliation of almost all of its characters to both love and wealth.

Perhaps because of its parody of upper-class vanity Ring Round the Moon is Anouilh's most produced play in the United States, where there is a tradition of holding the aristocracy in contempt. The play's numerous characters--engaged in ceaseless exiting and entrancing--enhance the quick-paced wit and tangy satire of upper-class pretension and lower-class ambition. Yet Ring Round the Moon is unexpectedly coupled to a fairy tale ending where nearly everything comes out better. For this reason, Ring Round the Moon, like some of Shakespeare's comedies, succeeds on the level of both entertainment and art--just one reason Anouilh is Europe's most popular post-World War II playwright.