IT WAS A FUN and memorable evening when the Washington-based Picnic Theatre Company performed Moli?e’s “Tartuffe” at the Phillips Collection on Thursday evening, May 30. Originally set in the time of French King Louis XVI or “Roi Soleil” in the 17th century, this “Tartuffe” was set in southern French Louisiana complete with thick southern accents.
IT IS A STORY about how Orgon’s family is up in arms because Orgon and his mother Pernelle have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, a pious fraud (and a vagrant prior to Orgon’s help). Tartuffe pretends to be pious and to speak with divine authority, but his antics do not fool the rest of the family, or the maid Dorine. They detest him. The drama ends well, and Orgon announces the upcoming wedding of his daughter Marianne to Val?e.
THE DIRECTOR of this delightful comedy was Karim Chrobog, who is president of 18th Street Films. The cast for the play included Nurith Aizenman, Joe Brinker, Nova Daly, Jane Latham Hodges, John Plumb, Omar Popal, Sandrine Rastello, Oliver Robinson, Christina Sevilla and Matt Stoller. Karim Chrobog is a founding member of the Picnic Theatre Company and has been directing the players since the group’s first production. The Picnic Theatre Company is on facebook at facebook.com/PicnicTheatre.