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FOOLED. FOOLING. FOOLISH.
Vice becomes virtue in Molière’s hilarious exploration of
power and hypocrisy. Falling under the spell of a religious con artist, Orgon
risks his wife, his estate and his entire family in this darkly comic classic.
By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof, the wealthy bourgeois Orgon thinks he is harbouring a pillar of piety. But in fact Orgon is the one who has been taken in – by a ruthless hypocrite and con artist.
With Orgon determined to marry 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.
by MolièreTranslated by Ranjit BoltDirector Chris Abraham
Production support is generously
provided by Dr. Dennis & Dorothea Hacker, by the
Harkins/Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins, by Bob & Martie
Sachs and by Dr. Louis & Mrs. Mary Jane Zako in celebration of their 60th
Support for the 2017 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel
Bernstein & Claire Foerster.
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