Click here for our review by Jed Ryan of The Huffington Post!
"Tartuffe‘s serious themes about religious hypocrisy— in this production, perfectly embodied in a passionate scene between John Lenartz’ Orgon and Ariel Estrada’s Cleante— are more relevant than ever 353 years later.
Click here for our review by Mark Savitt of Hi!Drama!
"Phoenix Theatre Ensemble under Craig Smith's direction once again breathes new life and surprising insight into a classic we thought was familiar. You will be amazed and delighted by their work here."
Click here for our review by Erin Kahn from StageBuddy!
"John Lenartz as Orgon...blusters, rages, and bemoans -- but all with sincerity. He's also very funny."
"As Orgon's wife Elmire, Elise Stone is perfectly poised, pulling off both subtle comedy and direct silliness with equal success."
"Josh Tyson's Tartuffe often steals the show (as well he should)...Tyson's Tartuffe challenges previous assumptions about the character, and as the viewers, we're invited to sympathize with Orgon's character: less a complete idiot than a man searching desperately for something to believe in.
Click here for our review by Darryl Reilly on TheaterScene.net!
"Ravishing performances, magnificent direction and dazzling production design all make this a glorious revival of Molière’s classic comedy of hypocrisy, Tartuffe."
"Ariel Estrada forcefully portrays Cléante, Elmire’s helpful brother."
Click here for our review by David Barbour of Lighting & Sound America!
(With) "...contemporary urgency...that blazes with anger and smolders with sexuality...bursting with barely repressed passions...".
"Elise Stone, her bosom pushed nearly up to the ceiling, makes a game and well-spoken Elmire...".
"...attractively costumed by Debbi Hobson".
"Oscar Klausner makes Laurant a brilliant comic addition to the play..."
The show "...comically show(s) the carnality hidden by the sumptuous costumes of Debbi Hobson , who has employed swaths of satin, lace and brocade for them. In the second half, though, she and Smith play a coup de théâtre, as all the characters are shorn of their finery and appear in white underclothes...It’s a reminder that serious matters underlie Molière’s portrait."
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"Ariel Estrada...play(s) Cleante with convincing vigor...his representation of Cleante was absolutely right".
"A masterfully choreographed version of Molière’s Tartuffe...a delight".
Performances begin this Friday, October 27 for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's production of Moliere's TARTUFFE, adapted by David Ball, and directed by PTE Producing Artistic Director Craig Smith. The New York Innovative Theatre Award and Audelco Award-winning company's production of the revered French comedy lampooning religious hypocrisy and corruption. Ariel appears in the production as "Cleante".
PTE's production of TARTUFFE will run in previews from Tuesday, October 24 through Thursday, October 26, enjoy opening night on Friday, October 27, and run through Sunday, November 5 at The Wild Project in Manhattan.
Madame Pernelle: Eileen Glenn
Orgon: John Lenartz
Elmire: Elise Stone
Dorine: Morgan Rosse
Mariane: Alicia Marie Beatty
Damis: Matt Baguth
Valere: Wes Spencer
Cleante: Ariel Estrada
Tartuffe: Josh Tyson
Laurant/Loyal: Oscar Klausner
Adaptation: David Ball
Director: Craig Smith
Stage Manager: Meghan McVann
Asst Director: Karen Case Cook
Lights: Tsubasa Kamei
Costumes: Debbi Hobson
Music/Sound: Ellen Mandel
Video/Projections: Attilio Rigotti