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One of the great cliches of human relations is that men, without exception, are unfaithful brutes while women are hardwired to seek monogamy.French playwright Pierre Chesnot mined the comic seam with his multiply adapted "Un Beau Salaud" (A Handsome Bastard), the play that Atelier Nadine Mokdessi has brought to the boards of Theatre Monnot, in its original French.The play centers on Francois Dumoulin (Alain Hochar), a comfortably upper-middle class Parisian who, as the play opens, is celebrating his birthday. Francois does indeed love women, in his fashion. Addressing the hall in monologue, Francois shares his restlessness with his marriage – despite the fact that he's had a mistress for 10 years, named Barbara.The plot unfolds, one improbable scene after another, with the action interrupted by Francois' occasional monologues and, at one point, complaints of chest discomfort.It's only when the dust settles from the frenzied plot that the audience can be sure of the state of Francois' fidelity.
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