Truth or Beauty: A Review of The School For Lies at The Artistic Home | Newcity Stage
Julian Hester and Brookelyn Hébert/Photo: Joe Mazza/Brave Lux Photography Outside The Artistic Home's theater, a flyer advertises courses in Meisner technique, which describes acting as "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Mere feet beyond its storefront entrance awaits the blue and cream and curlicued salon of Celimene, where no one politely goes without a corset—the color's up to you. Helping themselves liberally to the candy and booze are friend Philinte (Julian Hester), poet Oronte (Todd Wojcik), marquis Acaste (Averis I. Anderson) and courtier Clitander (Ted James). The lady herself (Annie Hogan, with her bosom pushed up to her throat) makes a late entrance—fashion, you know. Everyone is powdered, painted and wigged like Cosmo doing commedia dell'arte for the summer look of 1666. "The School for Lies" is Molière's "Misanthrope" reimagined by the nimble pen of David Ives, one in his series of heroic verse "translaptations" of French plays. Frank (Mark Pracht)—dour,