This week we bring you a more recent production, our “reality show” version of Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” translated and adapted by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe. And this week on our webcast “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests,” Steven talks with Chay Yew, playwright, director, and former Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago about what lies ahead for America’s theaters after the pandemic.
Here is a link to the talk show:
And here is a little about “Tartuffe”
“City Garage’s creative duo of Frédérique Michel and Charles A. Duncombe…[in] their joint adaptation and translation, employing an approachable vernacular, she directing and he producing and designing, balances with sophistication the deeply embedded rhythmic requirements of the foundational text and of an authentic staging with the need to highlight clearly the playwright’s unfortunately uncanny relevance to our own hypocritical times….Michel and Duncombe imbue the familiar plot and characters with fresh repartee and a soupcon of mid- 20th century dash. It’s less a deconstruction (and even less “a reality show,” other than a few out-of-sync video bumpers) than an attempt to realize the essences of the material in all its eccentricities and individuality of style by means of a reimagining of the language, not unlike how jazz improvisation can meander far from the melody while never losing the basic sense of the tune.
“….Villas, so novel in City Garage’s Neil LaBute show, The Break of Noon, earlier this season, makes a virtue of his natural astringency, deflating the pomposity from his nefarious invoker of moral rectitude, playing the hypocrisy as the engine of the long con he is grifting. For all the subterfuge and deceit, Tartuffe is as much the rational man as the passively ineffectual intellectual brother-in-law Cléante (briskly underplayed by David Frank). New to the troupe, Chelsea Militano proves a wily surprise as an Elmire who starts out a bikinied bimbo, only to prove the sole character capable of decisive action and control. And no classic comedy would be complete without some over-the-top zaniness, here provided with violent flamboyance by J. Carlos Flores in drag as the all-knowing housekeeper Dorina, a Lupe Vélez caricature that provides a manic version of the subversive stereotypes long ago limned so covertly by Stepin Fetchit.”
Myron Meisel, Stage Raw
It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, February 5, through noon on Friday, February 12th.
It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page:
Merci to our donor of last week, Joel Drazner.
Merci, stay safe, and wear a mask!