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'La Dispute by Marivaux' Runs Through Nov. 10 at Hartford Stage
A new adaptation of Marivaux's La Dispute, an 18th century French confection of a play, is running in repertory with Macbeth at Hartford Stage Company. Both are directed by Darko Tresnjak, and the resident company of actors have the great good fun of playing very different roles in each show. Both plays investigate human nature, and as a species we don't end up looking pretty in either — though the actors in La Dispute are quite fetching. Macbeth is a treatise on ambition as a trigger for violence that escalates into the destruction of individual and social sanity. La Dispute takes up questions regarding infidelity in love. Too slight a play to stand alone, in my view, it does provide an effective foil to Shakespeare's great tragedy.
By Karen Bovard
October 16, 2013