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October 7, 2017
Oct. 10, 2017 @ 7:30PM.
As part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, the National Arts Centre English Theatre will take one of its most popular productions, Tartuffe , back from whence it came! Molière’s classic, directed by Jillian Keiley, is re-imagined for pre-confederate Newfoundland, with sharp wit and biting satire courtesy of Andy Jones.
By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof the wealthy merchant Orgon thinks he is harboring a pillar of piety. But in fact, Orgon is the one who has been taken in by this ruthless hypocrite and con artist. With Orgon determined to marry off his daughter to Tartuffe–and blind to the latter’s lecherous designs on his wife–it’s up to the rest of the household to expose the fraudster. But revealing the truth, it turns out, entails dangers of its own.
Molière’s comedy classic is ingeniously re-imagined in Andy Jones’ riotous adaptation, set in 1939 Newfoundland. This Tartuffe is two hours of insanely brilliant showmanship that is witty, cutting and fierce. A blazingly funny exploration of religious hypocrisy – given a salty and distinctive Newfoundland flavour – the show starts with a slow boil which quickly roils into a steaming, rollicking love-fest, leaving audiences hiccupping with laughter.