Theater: Kelsey Theatre at MCCC
Theater Website: http://www.kelseytheatre.org
Show runs: 10/11/2019 to 10/20/2019
IMPOSTERS, HYPOCRITES AND HUMOR; SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
When it premiered in 1664, Moliere’s classic satire of lust, deceit and false piety was denounced as a sacrilegious outrage and banned from further public view. So naturally, Kelsey Theatre and the award-winning team at PinnWorth Productions couldn’t resist bringing this 355-year-old comedy into the present day and current political climate for an evening of deliciously satirical fun.
Featuring a new translation by Ranjit Bolt, this is the story of Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes on the piety and ignorance of others to line his own pocket. The trouble begins when Tartuffe deftly worms his way into the affections and household of the wealthy Orgon, who he convinces to hand over his daughter in exchange for divine absolution even as he exercises a rogue’s lust for the man’s wife.
In a household of flummoxed folks, Dorine, the sassy maid, sees the imposter for what he is, yet no one else fully grasps the crisis descending on the family. Caught most desperately in the middle of the pretender’s scheming is the desirable but dutiful wife, Elmire, whose comic booty trap is a legend of theatrical comedy. Chaos reigns until Tartuffe is finally revealed for the imposter that he is.
As director Lou Stalsworth holds a mirror up to America for the evening, this play takes us on a very familiar but hilarious ride, eventually ending it all bigly, with a happy ending, and a touch of deus ex machina, and a dash of contemporary covfefe. Seriously, the ony thing missing from this comic masterpiece is a twitter feed.
Theater Address: 1200 Old Trenton Rd West Windsor, New Jersey 08550 (Map It)
Theater Phone: (609) 570-3333
Theater Amenities: Wheelchair Accessible, Heated/Air Conditioned, Parking Lot
Purchase tickets online: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35232/production/1014553