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Tartuffe

Tartuffe by Molire I was in the audience at the proformance of Tartuffe the first night it played at Prairie High School. I really liked Tartuffe, i felt that the play was pretty funny, and i liked how it started off by letting the audience know Tartuffe is a fraud. I thought it was a very good production. In Tartuffe we get pretty much a personal view into Orgonss home, all of the play takes place here. In Act I, scene 4, Tartuffe, coming into church everyday and drawing attention with his loud prayer.

In church Orgon would offer him gifts and he would say they were twice too much and immediately give some to the poor, again this kind of thing makes the audience realize that Tartuffe is a fraud and that he has Madame Pernelle and Orgon convinced that he is perfect. Sooner or later Orgon invites Tartuffe to live in his home. Tartuffe immediality takes everything over. He convinces Orgon to turn the house over to him along with some important papers. Orgon is totally in the dark on whats going on and everytime a member of his family tries to talk to him about it he gets all mad and the have a fight. Tartuffes whole reason for being in the home is that he is trying to suduce Orgons young wife. Everyone in his family knows whats going on and they set tartuffe up to take a fall. It works and Orgon throws Tartuffe out of the house, But what we all forgot is that Orgon had signed everything over to Tartuffe and Tartuffe has Orgon and his family evicted from the home.

Luckily, the good king sees through Tartuffe and has him arrested. This play is set in Orgons home. The technical elements of this play are used to set a mood for the play. Like when Tartuffe starts to take over Orgons home, Tartuffes assisstant begins to change the rugs and drapes to the color green, {Tartuffes main color}, and then when Tartuffe starts to lose his control on Orgon, the maid come out and removes the green and replaces it with the regular color. I really wasnt effected by the changing of the colors until i thought back to what happened and realized why it happened. Then it started to make a little better of a picture., of how Tartuffe was taking over then losing control.

The lighting of the play was all together good but what i noticed is when Damis is playing a video game in the corner it was a little hard to see and here him because everyone was in front of him and he was in the corner. I liked the costumes used in Tartuffe I liked how Tartuffe and his servant wore green and then Orgon started wearing green, then Orgon went back to his regular clothes, and Tartuffe wore some pimp clothes, that we neet i got how that was working from the start. I dont quite recall many sound effects being used in the show, but before and during intermission there was alot of classical music playing so we got the idea that we were going to see a a play about rich people. The way the playwrite uses Tartuffe in the beginning of the play to make himself look like a hyprocrit, is one of the reasons that i liked the play because i really think that when the audience doesnt like the villian it makes for a way better play. And i think that the whole audience thought that Tartuffe was a moron by the end of the first act.

I really had a hard time understanding the play while i was in the audience, because I was under the influence that the play took place in the 14 or 15 hundreds. I didnt find out intil the next day that the play had been moved up in time abit the the 1990s. I just felt that the old english used in the play didnt quite equal out with the whole 1990s thing. That was one of the only thing that i didnt like about Tartuffe. I felt that it was trying to make a point, not to trust everyone because looks can be decieving.

I think that Tartuffe was really meant for everyone to have a good laugh, there wasnt much else to it. I think that since i already read the script, that is what made me confused about the place in time that the play held. If i wouldnt have read the play before I saw it I think i would have been a little more in tune with what was going on.