Spectacle 2015 – George Dandin et Le Commissaire est bon enfant

George Dandin engraving
Gravure par Pierre Brissart sur la frontispice une édition de 1682 de George Dandin

Our 2015 show in French was a double bill of Molière’s comedy George Dandin and The Chief is a nice Fellow, a comedy by Georges Courteline and Jules Lévy.

George Dandin or the Confused Husband (“George Dandin ou le mari confondu”) is a three-act comedy in prose that was first performed on July 18, 1668 at the Palace of Versailles before Louis XIV in celebration of the conclusion of the Treaty of Aachen, and which then opened to the public at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris on November 9 the same year.

The Chief is a nice Fellow (“Le Commissaire est bon enfant”) is a one-act comedy by Georges Courteline that opened on December 16, 1899 at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris.

Commissaire engraving
Engraving of the original staging of The Chief is a nice Fellow from an 1899 edition

For more on the plays, see the Wikipedia articles about George Dandin and The Chief is a Nice Fellow. There are also Wikipedia articles about Molière and Georges Courteline. The full texts in English and French as well as one-page summaries in English and French are available below.

We gave two performances, on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, 2015, at 8 PM at the George Ignatieff Theatre on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. One-page summaries of both plays in English as well as projected surtitles in English were available at both shows. One could purchase tickets on-line with seats assigned following a consultation with our box office staff beginning April 2, 2015; or one could contact our box office by telephone weekdays 11 AM – 5 PM starting April 2, 2015. Tickets, if any remained, were also available at the door on the night of the performances with payment by cash only.

Practical Information

Date and Time

Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8 PM
English surtitles will be shown both days


George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
Subway: St. George; Bedford Road exit, then 400 m on foot

Full texts of the plays
One-page summaries
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