TARTUFFE by Moliere
Place Name: The Wild Project, NYC
Place Description: Adaptation by David Ball - Directed by Craig Smith
Theatrical Immersiveness - 99%
Actor Portrayals - 98%
Excellence In Direction - 100%
Overall Enjoyment Experience - 99%
A definitive "must go".
It goes without saying, a live show is always more memorable than just going to the movies, watching the tube or wtvr. But to be present among absolute professional actors, in a play which originated back in the 17th century, in a masterfully choreographed version of Molière’s Tartuffe, was a delightful way to enjoy my Friday night here in NYC.
Many a tourist make their ways to the large venues on Broadway and that general area and fail miserably @ absorbing themsleves in the richness which is events like this here one.
Damis was played by Matt Baguth superbly so. Honestly, I (being ignorant to the entire story of Moliere beforehand) was waiting/hoping for Baguth/Damis to provide justice and slap/punch or one way or another beat the crap out of this Tartuffe – Damis being the sorta tough guy he was.
Deceitful, scheming, and under the guise of religion, a conniving SOB this Tartuffe is (played by Josh Tyson), lacking shame as though his transgressions were ordered by the holy most of the gods.
Cared not much for anything less the large breasts of Orgon’s wife Elmire, played by Elise Stone (Orgon having been played by John Lenartz in a VERY convincing way) who was one that possessed tact with the way she behaved in response to the incessant comings on of this wicked Tartuffe.
Uh, let me just say;
Enjoying an ensemble of talent which is clear as the idiocy which was played brilliantly by Lenartz’s portrayal of Orgon, isn’t something I experience often and want to note here that I enjoyed it – and I did very so.
I was struck (even dismayed) by the beauty and the clear & sharp wit possessed by the maid Dorine (played by Morgan Rosse) who showed me something which I have been seeking but was unable to find anywhere really. That is a vision of a person/female who is very sharp and seems to – although hold a “lesser” position in societal class – knows more about “what’s up” than the lot.
I should mention however that Ariel Estrada (who played Cleante w/convincing vigor) in my opinion, was the wisest of them all.
Many people hear, but they don’t really listen. I’d say, just about every single word put forth by Estrada in his representation of Cleante was absolutely right (from the get go) and as often happens when people do not truly see or listen when true knowledge is dropped unto them – I believe most of his vocal efforts were overlooked blindly by the rest.
I enjoyed the portrayal of Mariane (played by Alicia Mary Beatty) as she and Valere (the one truly worthy of respect) played by Wesli Spencer, shared with us an interesting scene about how petty, juvenile, and just silly vices of being part society and it’s realities interrupt the right course which should be taken – the one that would instantly be chosen if all the silly nonsense was just thrown aside.
Looking at things critically is so very imperative in-order to properly judge/assess any situation.
When I look back the show put on last night I can say with utmost honesty and with the intent of conveying to you, that it was masterful.
It was a vivid experience and an immersion in visual art which I absolutely feel blessed to have witnessed in this here lifetime.
Photos by Gerry Goodstein: