The more things change, the more they stay the same — that's the perfect description of Molière's 1664 classic black comedy Tartuffe; the age of Sun King Louis XIV looks suspiciously like our own. The ultimate theater depiction of hypocrisy masquerading as piety, Moliere's tale follows the former criminal Tartuffe. Deceptively pious, he worms his way into Orgon's household and proceeds to put the make on pretty wife Elmire, becomes engaged to Orgon's daughter Mariane, gets suspicious son Damis banished from home and eventually appropriates the house itself. Molière sets everything right by the end, of course. At its debut, the shocked censors convinced King Louis to ''forbid it in public'' because the less discerning audience ''cannot suffer this resemblance of vice to virtue.'' The monarch eventually came around, and Molière's masterpiece continues to illuminate every age in which it’s performed. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 9. Continues through Nov. 17, 2012