Lying, scamming, swindling and cheating never goes out of style. Banned by the Catholic church more than 300 years ago, Molière's comic farce Tartuffe
is as timely today as it was at its creation. Masquerading as a man of God, the pious hypocrite Tartuffe worms his way into the life of family patriarch Ogden and is soon trying to make off with the man's wealth, his daughter, and even his wife! In Richard Wilbur's lauded translation, the trickery, twists and turns that overwhelm gullible Ogden, test his shrewd wife, torment his lovelorn daughter and frustrate his son, translate into an uproarious delight for audiences. Fabrefaction Theatre Company ratchets up the energy by staging its production in the round, placing the audience mere inches away from the actors who strut their stuff in powdered wigs and ornate costumes.
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