By Laura Barfield, For the Mirror
I have to admit, the weather was so beautiful last Saturday evening, the last thing I wanted to do was sit inside a theater but I’m so glad I did! Centerstage Theatre’s production of “Tartuffe” was truly one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever seen.
Written by Moliere in the 17th century, “Tartuffe” has been revised and readapted over the centuries and is still relatable today. Set in the present, in a suburb of Paris, this version has a contemporary bent and is bursting with satirical, smart, side-splitting humor.
Tartuffe, a religious guru, has convinced Orgon, a wealthy man with political ties, that he has no interest in earthly desires. Orgon’s family, and the maid, see through his charade. But when Tartuffe is called out, he manages to spin their stories to his advantage. How will they prove Tartuffe’s true intentions? And is it too late?
Clever staging and outstanding performances integrate the audience into the show. The entire cast is superb, but because I have a soft spot for character actors I must give a shout-out to the following: Craig Rock as the gullible Orgon; Shelleigh Ferguson as the wise maid Dorine; Aya Hashiguchi as Orgon’s doting mother, Madame Pernelle; David Breyman as the hip boyfriend, Valere; and Ben Stahl as the dedicated butler, Oliver.
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind cocktail inspired by the show, made from spirits by Blackfish Distillery in Auburn. Other concessions are also available for purchase in the lobby.
Centerstage Theatre is located just minutes off I-5 in Federal Way. The show runs through June 11. For more information, visit centerstagetheatre.com.
Laura Barfield has worked in early childhood education, and has been published in multiple issues of Kids Imagination Train. She also has a theater background in both acting and directing. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two sons, and one labradoodle.