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The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.
IMPOSTERS, HYPOCRITES AND HUMOR; SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
When it premiered in 1664, Moliere's classic satire of lust, deceit and false piety was denounced as a sacrilegious outrage and banned from further public view. So naturally, Kelsey Theatre and the award-winning team at PinnWorth Productions couldn’t resist bringing this 355-year-old comedy into the present day and current political climate for an evening of deliciously satirical fun.
Featuring a new translation by Ranjit Bolt, this is the story of Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes on the piety and ignorance of others to line his own pocket. The trouble begins when Tartuffe deftly worms his way into the affections and household of the wealthy Orgon, who he convinces to hand over his daughter in exchange for divine absolution even as he exercises a rogue’s lust for the man’s wife.
In a household of flummoxed folks, Dorine, the sassy maid, sees the imposter for what he is, yet no one else fully grasps the crisis descending on the family. Caught most desperately in the middle of the pretender’s scheming is the desirable but dutiful wife, Elmire, whose comic booty trap is a legend of theatrical comedy. Chaos reigns until Tartuffe is finally revealed for the imposter that he is.
As director Lou Stalsworth holds a mirror up to America for the evening, this play takes us on a very familiar but hilarious ride, eventually ending it all bigly, with a happy ending, and a touch of deus ex machina, and a dash of contemporary covfefe. Seriously, the ony thing missing from this comic masterpiece is a twitter feed.
For more details and a full synopsis see Wikipedia.