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The Actors' Gang at Ivy Substation
at Culver Blvd. 9070 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
310-838-4264
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attended Apr 03 2011

This slapstick production of Moliere's 'Tartuffe' was hilarious. The comic timing of the 'Actors Gang' cast was perfect, and the play itself is more relevant than ever.

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attended Apr 10 2011

I saw Tartuffe a few years ago and loved it and was very excited to see it again, especially after such great reviews. However, it was not the play that I remembered. I love the farcical/comedic tone to Moliere's plays (I saw The Miser a couple of...continued

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attended Mar 31 2011

Actually a lot of this production was terrific - but the part that wasn't was very boring and very annoying. It was if there were two plays: one a dusty and loud museum piece of commedia della arte, and the other an excellent drawing room comedy...continued

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Railed against as a sacrilegious outrage by the Church, Moliere’s Tartuffe was banned from performance by Louis XIV in 1664. But the scintillating scandal of the censored play drew much public attention and it finally received its premiere in 1667, grossing unprecedented box -office figures. Still considered a comic masterpiece, it is regarded as one of the funniest plays ever written. As part of The Actors’ Gang’s 30th Anniversary Season, The Gang brings this fast-paced, outrageously funny, farcical romp back to its mainstage.

The Actors’ Gang brings back seasoned director and company member Jon Kellam, who directed Tartuffe at The Gang in 2005 to great critical acclaim and a sold-out run, to re-visit David Ball’s adaptation of Moliere’s Tartuffe.

Tartuffe, posing as a religious guru, tricks his way into the household of the affluent merchant, Orgon. He is a sanctimonious and scheming con-man but appears pious and therefore considered a good example for members of the family. But through corruption and deceit the hypocrite and imposter Tartuffe schemes to seduce his benefactor’s wife, marry his daughter, and swindle all of his worldly possessions away. The gullible Orgon fails to see his house guest for what he is and chaos ensues as Tartuffe employs unholy tactics in order to reach his goals!

About the Ticket Supplier: Actors' Gang

The Actors’ Gang is one of Los Angeles’ most enduring theatre ensembles. Founded in 1981 by a group of renegade theatre artists, the Gang’s mission is to create bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics. Our work is raw, immediate, socially minded, and crafted with the highest artistic standards.

Over the course of our first 20 years we have produced 68 plays and won over 100 awards, winning acclaim for our interpretations of Shakespeare, Bruchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while developing in workshop new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture and raucous stagecraft.

Through co-productions, The Actors’ Gang presented the West Coast Premiere of Eric Bogosian’s “Suburbia” with the Namaste Theatre Company, Roger Guenver Smith’s “A Huey P. Newton Story,” Danny Hoch’s “Jails, Hospitals, Hip Hop” with Center Theatre Group, and “Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella” with The Cornerstone Theatre Company. The Actors’ Gang has toured with productions as the US representative at the Edinburgh Festival and to New York’s Public Theatre with “Carnage, A Comedy”; with “The Imaginary Invalid” to the Rushmore Festival in New York, and in 2001 saw “Bat Boy, A Musical,” developed at the Actors’ Gang, won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics award for best new musical Off-Broadway in New York.