Oh, what a difference 400 years make. When Moliíre wrote the play Tartuffe in 1664, it was considered so scandalous that the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who went to see a performance. What was such a big deal? The play discusses hypocrisy disguised as religious fervor. Fast-forward to today, and the Classical Theatre Company has tweaked the comedy, presenting it in present day but still poking fun at all those things the Archbishop found objectionable. The storyline follows the overly righteous Tartuffe, who has enchanted Orgon to the point that Orgon is ready to give him everything from his money to his unmarried daughter. Orgon's family (his clever wife, knowing brother-in-law, crabby son, meek daughter and smart-mouthed maid) is racing to bring Orgon to his senses before Tartuffe makes off with all the money and, more importantly, the daughter. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays; and 7:30 p.m. April 12. Through April 18. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-963-9665 or visit www.classicaltheatre.org. $7 to $15.
Thursdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 11, 7:30 p.m. Starts: April 8. Continues through April 18, 2010