note: entire contents copyright 2002 by Beverly Creasey
Where shall I begin? With Richard Wilbur's exquisite rhymes? With Rick Lombardo's inspired "royal" 17th century setting? With John Ambrosone's gorgeous orange ("Barry Lyndon") candlelight? With Emily Dunn's sumptuous period costumes> I can hardly contain my glee."
Not a breath (or a spit-take for that matter) is out of place in Lombardo's elegant, sublimely wacky production...which is a command performance every night, I should add. And what an odd bunch they are, these royals, in attendance at "Tartuffe".
Never mind the ruling class; Michael Poisson is so deliciously perfect as Moliere/Orgon that one wishes New Rep would produce every Moliere play there is -- with Poisson playing that venerable playwright. And just when you think you can laugh no more, that nothing could be funnier than Poisson literally hemming and hawing about the stage --- Richard McElvain enters, looking and sounding like a mad cross between Cyrano and Charlie Chan --- or is it Elmer Fudd?!
I could go on: Paul Farwell's double turn, Rachel Harker's shrewd wife .... Suffice it to say that my only gripe is that it ended too soon! I devoutly wish to be Tartuffified all over again...