Tartuffe (short version)

Tartuffe (short version)
adapted by Timothy Mooney

Productions (26)
  • Comedy
  • 40 minutes
  • 5 f, 5 m, 2 either (12-15 actors possible: 4-7 f, 5-9 m)
  • Content Notes: Some adult language
  • Set: Multiple entrances and exits and two hiding places.

Tartuffe (short version)
adapted by Timothy Mooney

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Productions (26)
  • Comedy
  • 40 minutes
  • 5 f, 5 m, 2 either (12-15 actors possible: 4-7 f, 5-9 m)
  • Content Notes: Some adult language
  • Set: Multiple entrances and exits and two hiding places.

When the religious hypocrite Tartuffe ingratiates himself into the good graces of Orgon and his mother Mme. Pernelle, he is taken into their home and promised Orgon's daughter's hand in marriage (even as he secretly attempts to seduce Orgon's wife, Elmire). Everyone else in the family sees through Tartuffe's pose, and his machinations and hypocrisies are eventually exposed, but is it too late to save the family from eviction and to keep Orgon from being thrown in prison? Moliere's classic comedy satirizes religious hypocrisy, blind piety, and deceit, and this adaptation captures these themes in playful irreverent rhyme. (A full-length version of this play is also available.)

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Play Details

When the religious hypocrite Tartuffe ingratiates himself into the good graces of Orgon and his mother Mme. Pernelle, he is taken into their home and promised Orgon's daughter's hand in marriage (even as he secretly attempts to seduce Orgon's wife, Elmire). Everyone else in the family sees through Tartuffe's pose, and his machinations and hypocrisies are eventually exposed, but is it too late to save the family from eviction and to keep Orgon from being thrown in prison? Moliere's classic comedy satirizes religious hypocrisy, blind piety, and deceit, and this adaptation captures these themes in playful irreverent rhyme. (A full-length version of this play is also available.)

  • Comedy
  • 40 minutes
  • 5 f, 5 m, 2 either (12-15 actors possible: 4-7 f, 5-9 m)
  • Content Notes: Some adult language
  • Set: Multiple entrances and exits and two hiding places.

Published Reviews

"Accomplished and funny... Moliere would doubtless have enjoyed all of the contemporary guffaws that Mooney's irreverent version of this timeless comedy provokes from a modern audience."

Chicago Tribune

"Timothy Mooney's clever translation of the French rhyming couplets pokes gentle fun at Moliere's poetic form with forced rhymes the actors speak with exaggerated delivery and physicality...this lowbrow spoof is delightful summer fun."

Bay Weekly

"A rousing good romp...Mooney's adaptation cuts the treacle and presents the audience with the rich meaty bits."

Amanda Gunther, DCMetroTheatreArts.com

"The action zips along at Road-Runner velocity... A gleefully giddy romp that sacrifices none of Moliere's insightful satire... Remarkably accessible and attitude-free... On the night I attended, the audience (me included) laughed heartily -- and isn't that the real test of a comedy?"

Windy City Times

"Startlingly effective, assuredly paced, and very, very funny."

The Tech (MIT)

"[An] impressive original adaptation ... Mooney has admirably bridged the centuries, staying true to the sense and semblance of Moliere while bringing the play a contemporary feel with minimal anachronism ... He has a strong sense of story, meaning and character and serves them well."

News Sun

"[Mooney's] language is a delight."

Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly

"A snappy new translation ... Mooney is quite skillful at massaging the iambs and bringing a contemporary twinkle to the choice of words and rhyme."

Hoyt Hilsman, Back Stage West

Production History

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Location
NOV 03, 2017 - NOV 03, 2017
American Heritage School
Wellington, FL United States
American Heritage School Wellington, FL United States
JUN 17, 2017 - JUN 18, 2017
Maples Repertory Theatre
Macon, MO United States
Maples Repertory Theatre Macon, MO United States
MAR 16, 2017 - MAR 18, 2017
North Marion High School
Morgantown, WV United States
North Marion High School Morgantown, WV United States
FEB 18, 2017 - FEB 18, 2017
North Marion High School
FARMINGTON, WV United States
North Marion High School FARMINGTON, WV United States
JAN 05, 2017 - FEB 05, 2017
Princess Anne High School Theatre
Virginia Beach, VA United States
Princess Anne High School Theatre Virginia Beach, VA United States
NOV 18, 2016 - NOV 20, 2016
North Marion High School
Farmington, WV United States
North Marion High School Farmington, WV United States
MAR 07, 2015 - MAR 07, 2015
Ridgefield High School
Redding, CT United States
Ridgefield High School Redding, CT United States
NOV 12, 2014 - NOV 12, 2014
Cherokee Trail High School
Aurora, CO United States
Cherokee Trail High School Aurora, CO United States
NOV 07, 2014 - NOV 08, 2014
Cuthbertson High School
Marshville, NC United States
Cuthbertson High School Marshville, NC United States
SEP 03, 2013 - SEP 10, 2013
Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Annapolis, MD United States
Annapolis Shakespeare Company Annapolis, MD United States
JUL 02, 2013 - AUG 13, 2013
Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Annapolis, MD United States
Annapolis Shakespeare Company Annapolis, MD United States
JUN 01, 2012 - JUN 01, 2012
Barrington Community Theater
Barrington, RI United States
Barrington Community Theater Barrington, RI United States
MAY 03, 2012 - MAY 05, 2012
Cushing Academy Theatre
Ashburnham, MA United States
Cushing Academy Theatre Ashburnham, MA United States
APR 16, 2012 - APR 16, 2012
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Oakville, ON Canada
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Oakville, ON Canada
FEB 22, 2012 - MAR 02, 2012
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Oakville, ON Canada
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Oakville, ON Canada
JAN 26, 2012 - JAN 26, 2012
Spring Lake Park Drama Department
Spring Lake Park, MN United States
Spring Lake Park Drama Department Spring Lake Park, MN United States
JAN 08, 2012 - JAN 08, 2012
Cannon Falls High School
Cannon Falls, MN United States
Cannon Falls High School Cannon Falls, MN United States
DEC 09, 2011 - DEC 09, 2011
NA
Paxton, MA United States
NA Paxton, MA United States
OCT 26, 2011 - OCT 27, 2011
Oconee County High School
Watkinsville, GA United States
Oconee County High School Watkinsville, GA United States
FEB 17, 2011 - FEB 20, 2011
Xavier Players
Cincinnati, OH United States
Xavier Players Cincinnati, OH United States
NOV 19, 2010 - NOV 21, 2010
Buckman Center
Memphis, TN United States
Buckman Center Memphis, TN United States
OCT 31, 2009 - DEC 03, 2009
Opelika High Theatre Society
Opelika, AL United States
Opelika High Theatre Society Opelika, AL United States
MAY 09, 2009 - MAY 09, 2009
Spotswood High School
Penn Laird, VA United States
Spotswood High School Penn Laird, VA United States
NOV 14, 2008 - NOV 15, 2008
University Of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN United States
University Of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN United States
NOV 14, 2008 - NOV 16, 2008
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN United States
University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN United States
AUG 01, 1997 - AUG 23, 1997
Stage Two Theatre Company
Highwood, IL United States
Stage Two Theatre Company Highwood, IL United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
NOV 03, 2017 - NOV 03, 2017
American Heritage School
Wellington, FL United States
American Heritage School Wellington, FL United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
JUN 17, 2017 - JUN 18, 2017
Maples Repertory Theatre
Macon, MO United States
Maples Repertory Theatre Macon, MO United States
SEP 03, 2013 - SEP 10, 2013
Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Annapolis, MD United States
Annapolis Shakespeare Company Annapolis, MD United States
JUL 02, 2013 - AUG 13, 2013
Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Annapolis, MD United States
Annapolis Shakespeare Company Annapolis, MD United States
AUG 01, 1997 - AUG 23, 1997
Stage Two Theatre Company
Highwood, IL United States
Stage Two Theatre Company Highwood, IL United States