Tartuffe: Moliere's Comic Masterpiece, Courtesy of The Actors' Gang
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The last date listed for Moliere's Tartuffe was Friday May 13, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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August Strindberg's surrealist play is given a haunting and hypnotic interpretation by the Actor's Gang. This study of unforgiving hearts and deep seated guilt has been intriguing audiences for over a century, and this new production takes it to a new level. Two families, imprisoned by greed, duplicity and manipulation, seduce an idealistic student into a web of lies. His unflagging honesty lifts the shroud of lies, and audiences are left to wonder: Was the family living in denial, or were they apparitions of their former selves condemned to eternal regret? Learn More
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Featured review from Annonymous
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Over-the-top acting, hilarious psuedo-French introduction, great costumes, contemporary asides, but too manic. It was very long, especially the first "half" - probably originally 2 acts - and the old lady was very hard ot understand. The use of verse as well as regular speech was odd.
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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.