Gossip and scandal. That’s the lure in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Set in decadent 18th Century France, this story depicts wealthy nobles who dress like peacocks – frilly dresses promoting cleavage for the younger ladies, elaborate dress shirts and tight pants for the guys. But the good looks conceal devious behavior, especially where love is concerned. In this scene, the Vicomte de Valmont and a former flame size up a devout young prospect the Vicomte intends to seduce.
Love, if we can call it that, is a purely a game for these people, and a cruel one. Actor Jason Kuykendall has the ability to sustain an utterly sincere gaze, even when telling monstrous lies. Actress Janis Stevens plays a manipulator who is capable of almost anything. Their performances fuel this beautifully designed production – another top drawer effort from Sacramento’s Capital Stage.
"Les Liaisons Dangereuses" continues at Capital Stage on the Delta King riverboat in Old Sacramento through March 11th.