Petrina Bromley, Andry Jones (photo by Andrée Lanthier)
by Jim Murchison
What would have happened if Molière had time travelled and crash landed into Newfoundland in 1939. He would have not been out of place. In fact the blend of Molière's biting social satire and the Codco affinity to salty, salacious self deprecation is so symbiotic that it is hard to say where Molière leaves off and Andy Jones's adaptation takes over in this wonderfully performed and meticulously directed skewering of religious hypocrisy.
Director Jillian Keiley has made crisp clean decisions that buoy this talented cast and give them confidence. The result is sharply focused action embodied with humour, stuffed with heart and wit that never becomes mechanical.
Playwright Andy Jones takes on the title character of Tartuffe himself and plays in perfect counterpoint the religious zeal of a messenger of Christ and the contrite attrition of the lost sinner hilariously well. You can see the wheels turning each time he needs to fabricate a new explanation for his moral weaknesses.
Christine Brubaker as Orgon's wife Elmir is a co-conspirator in setting traps to capture the weak willed Tartuffe. The combination of slapstick satire and textured interpretation of the text again was clearly a delight to the audience.
Tartuffe runs until November 2