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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2012

Most of the fun of Moliere's faith-skewering comedy is the snake oil charm of its titular villain. Shamelessly collecting handouts and eying married women while touting his virtues, Tartuffe is a likable rogue from the moment he enters gullible Orgon's household.But in this uneven BoHo Theatre production, Peter Robel does away with Tartuffe's affability—and we're left with Jeremy Trager as a pernicious creep. Where's the fun in that? Neither Saren Nofs-Snyder's effervescent turn as a fiery servant nor Robel's promising but halfhearted steampunk aesthetic are enough to overcome this Tartuffe's crisis of identity. The show is unfulfilling either as comedy or commentary. —Dan Jakes

Price: $18-$25

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