What: The Drama School, Mumbai’s Tartuffe a Two Faced Comedy (A)
When: Plays today, at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Where: Prithvi Theater, Juhu
Tartuffe is one of Molière’s most famous theatrical comedies, ‘Tartuffe’ which in other words means ‘the imposter’ or ‘the hypocrite’. Molière originally named ‘Jean Baptist Poquelin’ was a french playwright and actor that was considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in western literature.
Over the years many of his works have been adapted and performed, this particular adaptation in Hindi is performed by the final year students of the Drama School of Mumbai, under the guidance of Daniel Goldman, who is Artistic Director of Tangram Theatre Company.
The story revolves around one of Moliere’s most celebrated characters Tartuffe. Molière’s play has been so popular over the years that Tartuffe’s name has entered the modern French language as the word tartufe, which means “false devotion” or “hypocrisy.” The play starts with Orgon’s family who is up in arms because Orgon and his mother have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, a pious
Tartuffe pretends to be pious and to speak with divine authority, and Orgon and his mother are so blinded that they don’t take any action without first consulting him. His demeanor does not deceive the rest of the family and friends. And when Orgon announces that he will marry his daughter, Mariane to Tartuffe, who is currently already engaged to Valerie, all hell breaks loose. This is when Orgon’s wife Elmire steps in and devices a trap to break her husband’s obsession.
This acclimatisation has retained all of the original names of the characters as well as the costumes. With a great comic timing and fanciful dialogue, it makes it a complete winner!
The performances to look out for are the maid, Dorine, who has been credited with some of the most amusing lines. The plot and the actors are extremely entertaining, and the adaptation has been rendered into something rather timely.