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  • Fri 4 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 5 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sun 6 Nov ’11, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Tue 8 Nov ’11, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Wed 9 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Thu 10 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Fri 11 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 12 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sun 13 Nov ’11, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Tue 15 Nov ’11, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Wed 16 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Thu 17 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Fri 18 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 19 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sun 20 Nov ’11, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Tue 22 Nov ’11, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Wed 23 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Thu 24 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Fri 25 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 26 Nov ’11, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
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Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages


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"...Of all the farces written in the last three hundred years, few would seem more suitable for today's audience than Tartuffe: Molière's hilarious raillery against religious fanatic, hypocrisy and sex..." - The New York Times

When your moral limits are measured by your credit rating, make sure you back a winner.

It's Auckland 2011, and a nouveau riche family is about to be undone by the arrival of Tartuffe. He's no visitor from Hawkes Bay. He's a life coach with the airbrushed charisma of a televangelist, a diabolically witted con-man whose appetite for seduction is as firm as his greasy grasp on religious hypocrisy.

He only needs a couple of suckers who will fall for his holier-than-thou routine and, in a batty society matron and her idiot son, he's found them. History tells us what false leaders have always been able to inspire a cult-like following and twist good words to evil words. Welcome to Apocalypse Paratai Drive.

Moliere risked being burned at the stake when he penned his hilarious satire of power and piety. Although the great unwashed and King Louis XIV gave Tartuffe the thumbs up, the Roman Catholic Church and the French aristocracy were outraged. They managed to throw their toys enough to get the play banned and almost succeeded in destroying Moliere's career forever.

In Silo Theatre's treatment, this wicked upmarket pantomime will swap the salons of Enlightenment Paris for the manicured backyards of Auckland's elite. Prada replaces ruffled collars and doted-on maids transform into pampered lapdogs. Inspired by the social pages we deplore (but just can't stay away from), this wildly funny, rambunctious hootenanny will be a Tartuffe for our times.

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