Matthew Scott Moore

The School for Wives (Chrysalde)


Molière’s The School for Wives (L’ecole des femmes, 1662) is one of his timeless comedies. Arnolphe, an aging, pedantic, stolidly unromantic bachelor, feels so threatened by “experienced and knowing” women that he decides to marry an innocent young girl, Agnes, whom he can mold into the “perfect” wife. Of course, his scheme backfires hilariously.

In NTID’s production, Matthew portrayed Arnolphe’s witty, sophisticated friend Chrysalde, whose comments open and close the play. Chrysalde holds more sensible views on marriage and women than does Arnolphe. As things turn out, Arnolphe learns the hard way that he has made an absolute fool of himself, and that Chrysalde was right.


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