Tartuffe

by Moliere
directed by R. Andrew White
University Theatre–November 2010

 

Known as Moliere's most famous play, the comedy Tartuffe reveals how a religious hypocrite–an imposter–almost succeeds in his plot to jail a naive friend and his family and thereby cheat them out of their home.  Orgon, the head of the household, and his mother have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, who pretends to speak with divine authority.  The rest of the family and their friends are not fooled by Tartuffe's antics and detest him.  They devise a plan to trap Tartuffe into confessing his desire for Elmire, Orgon's wife, with the hope that Orgon will learn the truth, then throw Tartuffe out of his house.  Will the plan work or will Tartuffe succeed in his devious plot?

 

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