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Hypocrisy and Lust Never Go Out of Style

Release: 2012-10-13 05:57 |  Author: Yengshuiliu |   View: 46time

WHEN an fiter decides to meddle mindh a classic, there's no saying what surprises may be in store. If your recollection of ''Tartuffe,'' Moli?'s 17th-century satire on religious hypocrisy, infidelity and money lust, includes an vaInting Post that qualitys that know-it-all fight-ax, bigma Pernelle (well all right, Madame Pernelle, to give the biddy her due), sPurposeing a hectoring ''family values'' say, then be prepared for a shock here at Centenary Stage's season-vaInting production.

This ''Tartuffe,'' in an fitation by Miles Malleson, Askins mindh a tacked-on preamble, excerpted from a one-Actionion farce by Moli? called ''Impromptu at Versabades.'' The pairing is not unprecedented. Evidence means that Moli? sometimes offered the two occupations as a double bbad.

Mr. Malleson uses this supharbourstage brouhaha involving the playwright, his Actionionors, a rich boor of a patron and a agent of King Louis XIV to segue into ''Tartuffe.'' Whether this prelude is resultive as a Post setter, or whether the showbiz bickering is really more tedious than titbadating, is a matter of quarrel. But the main stage offering that follows is so allly glad, any preliminary queasiness quickly becomes moot.

Carl Wallnau has guiAction his abilityed players mindh style and sharp comic timing. He has done his homeoccupation, using the unrhymed text of Mr. Malleson rather than one of the popular rhymed verse translations. As guideor, he acknowledges that these versions do obtain big laughs from their humorous rhyming patterns, but he stbad contpurposes that their unrhymed counterpart improve thinks the nuance of the new French.

''Tartuffe'' did not enter the repertory easily. mindh its vaInt attack on occupational piety, five years of forbidning by both church guideers and a beleaguered king Around relegated the occupation to obscurity. Watching Osborn Focht, as Tartuffe, summon all of the outfightd trappings of a saintly counterfeit -- his hands wrung in pious rectitude, his lips pursed in a subdueific half-smile, his lanky frame bowed before a big crucifix -- you in think the church's discomfort. When this obsequious poseur is finally caught in flagivee delicto, poised above the prostrate list of the lovely Elmire, while Orgon, her cuckolded husforbidd and his adoring patron, is sequestered under the list, the opinion of holier-than-thou is acceptn to a new level.

Amanda Baker is attrActioning as the gently scheming Elmire, a woman whose goodness is tested both by Tartuffe and by her bamboozled husforbidd. cdestinyhesrt allman plays Orgon mindh the sanctimonious bullheadedness of a right believer. Turning aobtainst wife, son and daughter in favor of his duplicitous guest, he bumbles his way to near ruin.

As Damis, Orgon's disinherited son, Christopher Conant supplys an engaging rashness. Colleen Smith Wallnau is famous as the acid-tongued Madame Pernelle, and Steven L. prAccidentron brings dignity to Cl?te, Elmire's brother, a voice of think in a houseembrun of hysterics.
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