Adapted by David Ball
Directed by Dominique Serrand
Roda Theatre · March 13–April 12, 2015
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission
“As spellbinding as a deadly snake charmed from its basket…” That’s just one of the accolades for Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand’s provocative and enjoyable revival of Molière’s satire on religious hypocrisy. A seemingly pious Tartuffe ingratiates himself to the wealthy Orgon, gaining access to the old man’s house and throwing his family into chaos. As Orgon falls for the scoundrel’s ruse, Tartuffe’s deceit takes a dangerous turn. Berkeley Rep audiences fell in love with the impish Epp and esteemed director Serrand when they delighted us with such legendary shows as The Miser. This modern interpretation of Molière’s most popular play – featuring a hypnotic Epp in the title role – is as intense and incisive as the day it was written, and just as entertaining.
“Revelatory… You may have seen funnier versions of Molière’s great satire on cunningly self-serving public piety, but it’s unlikely you’ll ever experience one that bites more deeply or sticks to your mind’s ribs longer than this bracingly comic, edgily somber and transgressive product of the ingenious director Dominique Serrand and actor Steven Epp. Rapacious religiosity has never appeared so seductively and smoothly reptilian as in Epp’s performance in the title role….Serrand and company lace their Tartuffe with an ambiguity that provides plenty of food for thought on top of the nourishing helpings of entertainment.” San Francisco Chronicle
Molière’s Tartuffe has haze and strobe effects. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office..
Current ticket prices
Premium: $67–87 · Section A: $51–73 · Section B: $41–59
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