Disruptive Scheme Scores Big Laughs
Say what you will about the Molière canon but no one can argue that Tartuffe is one of the funniest plays of all time. It’s the French playwright’s most famous story, a wonderful example of a comedy of manners done quite right.
The production, currently on stage at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts, hits all right notes and truly lives up to the comedic masterpiece playgoers knew it would be.
It’s a clever story that follows Orgon (Oliver Dennis), a bumbling master of the house who has been taken in by the ruses of Tartuffe (Diego Matamoros), who is pretending to be a priest in order to sidle up against the wealthy Orgon.
His wife, Elmire (Raquel Duffy), daughter, Mariane (Kat Gauthier), and son, Damis (Colin Palangio) are not so easily fooled, but Orgon is adamant that Tartuffe is an honest man.
As Tartuffe’s schemes become more and more disruptive, threatening to break up the engagement between Mariane and her true love, Valere (Gordon Hecht), it become clear that something must be done.
It’s difficult to stage a script as strong as Tartuffe poorly and this Soulpepper Theate Company production is just what audiences need to prolong the lazy days of summer.
Review by Steven Berketo