I adored the genius of Moli comedy ever since catching my college production of The School for Wives back in the early So I was thrilled that Reno Little Theater is presenting Tartuffe this spring.
Although the production was funny, I wound up somewhat disappointed in the end by the show lack of commitment to the play setting, as well as by its actors uneven performances.
Tartuffe (Gary Cremeans), who claims to be a man of unreserved religious devotion, has so completely convinced Orgon of his piety that he has manipulated his way into living in the man home, being named heir to his fortune and securing the hand of Orgon daughter, forcing Mariane to call off her impending nuptials with her true love, Val (Brandon Keil). He has turned Orgon against his own family. Now Tartuffe has tried to seduce Elmire, and that the last straw. The family cooks up a plan to expose Tartuffe.
Forget for a minute that Tartuffe ( Imposter was written in 1664 and is set during pokes fun at reign of King Louis XIV. Though the playwright is mightily funny, he tends to be verbose. Reno Little Theater production of Tartuffe draws upon Christopher Hampton 1983 translation, which is (thankfully) only comprised of two acts as opposed to the original three, Nike Shoes For Men Casual Black 2018
Although the actors primarily wear costumes, very little else speaks of the era. There no jazz or colloquial language from that period. And when Tartuffe finally makes his appearance toward the end of Act 1, he unshaven and greasy haired, wearing clothing that out of step, time wise, from the rest of the cast. There not even a mention of France. This confusion is compounded when, in the final scene, an officer (Jeff Burres) steps on stage to sort out the trouble, looking like a World War II era SS trooper and babbling about the president. What the hell? Where are we?
had the entire audience laughing.
Performance wise, it Nike Shoes For Men 2018 With Price a mixed bag. Mendoza and Keil were awkward and stiff in their roles, and Douglass Cl was eye roll inducing as she lectured Orgon about his blindness toward Tartuffe. Her character is intended to be the voice of reason, but she came off as cloying and school marmish.
The show does have redeeming qualities. This is the second production I seen Larsson in, and the second time I really liked her. Same goes for Fraser stern Madame Pernelle, who is hilarious as she ignorantly sings Tartuffe praises. Gary Cremeans Tartuffe is wonderfully slimy. I enjoyed the brisk pace at which much of the dialogue was delivered, which befits Moli style, and certain exchanges involving Dorine, Orgon and Mariane Nike Shoes Ladies Sneakers
To be clear, I fine with all that. The updated version makes the story easier to follow and helps the story to move along at a healthy clip. It set in the Jazz Age, time of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, in the epicenter of arts and culture. And the dialogue more contemporary feel makes the themes more universal and timeless.
The play opens in of Orgon home. While Orgon himself (played by Kirk Gardner) is away, awaiting his arrival are his wife, Elmire (played by Nike Shoes Girl Toddler
Annikki Larsson); their son, Damis (Anthony Mendoza); their daughter, Mariane (Breana Edgerton); their nosy chambermaid, Dorine (Jessica Nicholas); and Elmire visiting sister, Cl (Julie Douglass). Orgon mother, Madame Pernelle (Veronica Fraser), has come for a visit and lectures the family about their sinful lifestyle. She disgusted that none of them seems impressed with Orgon friend, Tartuffe.
and offers more contemporary dialogue. It sets the story in 1920s France.
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