Tartuffe | Court Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Tartuffe Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 14 2013

In Moliere's 17th-century comedy, family patriarch Orgon is taken in by the false religious piety of the scoundrel Tartuffe, who conspires to steal the gullible man's property and wife. Too keen by half for church leaders of the day, who had it banned, the satirical work gets an uproariously sharp-witted staging under director Charles Newell for Court Theatre. Veteran actor A.C. Smith plays Orgon as equal parts powerful and preposterous, delivering the rhyming couplets of Richard Wilbur's translation with magnetic humor. Set in "Hyde Park/Kenwood," Newell's staging seems to comment on white liberal duplicity, costuming Tartuffe in a greying ponytail opposite the black and brown cast playing Orgon's household. That message is muddled, but Moliere's broader critique of hypocrisy comes through as clear as the day it was written. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$65


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