French farce is customarily associated with the bedroom. There are no bedrooms in Scapino, but the evening is filled with sheer comic bedlam anyway. The Young Vic presented this Molière farce earlier in the season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It has returned in a hands-across-the-sea gesture to aid the financially beleaguered Circle in the Square Joseph E. Levine Theater. Scapino should prove to be just the right box office tonic.
Molière's title was Les Fourberies de Scapin (roughly, Scapin's Knaveries), and the playwright borrowed the basic outlines of the story...