February 27, 2009 |
Like, oh mon Dieu! Moliere's 17th century comedy "Tartuffe" gets airlifted to a wealthy enclave of the San Fernando Valley in a new theatrical production that's, like, so totally amazing. This postmodern retelling at the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena is intended to be divisive to the max, but risk-seeking audiences will be glad they donned their designer thinking caps for this highly original deconstruction of the classic French play. Set in a tacky suburban mansion, "Tartuffe" follows the plight of Orgon (Tim Cummings)
July 15, 1986 |
"There aren't that many acting couples around anymore," Ron Leibman was explaining. "The Tandy-Cronyns (Jessica and Hume) are getting older, Paul and Joanne (Newman and Woodward) work together occasionally, Eli and Annie (Wallach and Jackson) try to work together--but that's about it. So this has opened up a whole new thing for us." "This" is Leibman's teaming with his wife, actress Jessica Walter, in the Los Angeles Theatre Center's staging of Moliere's dark comedy "Tartuffe," opening Thursday.
April 3, 2005
In the feature on stage director Andre Gregory ["Repast Is Prologue," March 20], Gregory made reference to a 1967 production of "Tartuffe," staged while he was at the helm of the Inner City Cultural Center. He said, "It managed to offend just about everybody.... The kids loved it." Guess what? I was one of the kids who saw that production. It was the first play I'd ever seen. The opportunity arose as a result of a social experiment in which Franklin High School, and other L.A. city high schools, participated.
July 12, 1992
As artistic director of Dancing Dog Theatre Company, I was dismayed to learn, upon reading "The Merchants of Glendale" (June 21), that we do not exist. Jan Breslauer writes: "The only major producing group devoted exclusively to classics besides A Noise Within is Shakespeare Festival/LA." What are we, chopped liver? DDTC was formed in 1987 and has since mounted major productions of "Macbeth," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Twelfth Night," "Tartuffe," Cocteau's "The Infernal Machine" and, most recently, "Wild Honey."
January 23, 1994
Sorry to grouse, but the Jan. 9 Sunday Calendar was a real drag with stories featuring those world-class malcontents Larry Kramer and Bill Bushnell. Now, it's my turn to kvetch. Kramer vilifies "Philadelphia" because it isn't the film he wants it to be. You're a writer, Lar, write your own damn AIDS movie! And crybaby Billy blames everyone but himself for the failure of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He's bitter because he and The Times' critics couldn't get L.A. theatergoers to succumb to his cesspool school of drama.
July 27, 2007 |
A tiptop theatrical production of "Tartuffe," "The Misanthrope" or another great Molière comedy offers audiences a banquet of hypocrites, poseurs and passionate, often obsessed characters whom Cupid -- or social ambition -- has rendered nearly insane enough to forget their rhymed couplets. A film portrait of the French dramatist, therefore, requires at least some of the fire and ice you'd find in an ideal Molière staging. And "some" is what you get here.