(Playwright Robert Cohen pictured at left.)
Robert Cohen's version of "The Misanthrope" premiered on the University of California, Irvine campus in 1997, where the script received an excellent review from the Los Angeles Times. Titled “Likeable ‘Misanthrope’ Said Another Way," the longtime Times reviewer (Jan Herman) began: "The highly entertaining translation brings refreshing pungency to a lunatic production. UC Irvine drama professor Robert Cohen has directed a refreshing, lunatic production of the play with UCI graduate students, using his own highly-entertaining translation. It is proof, among other things, that there is room for another equally fluent, stage-worthy version of Moliere's rhymed couplets, but one with a 1990s flavor full of colloquial yet literate pungency.” At the conclusion of the review he compared this translation favorably with the 1955 one by Richard Wilbur, concluding "I'll go with Cohen."