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“Tartuffe Reaction Paper”
A few weeks ago I was lucky to see one of Normandale Theatre Department’s Productions of “Tartuffe”, the famous comedy by the French author Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, widely known by his stage name Moliere. It was my first experience of this kind at Normandale, and I was quite impressed by the level of dedication, professionalism and talent of everyone involved in the production. Because the characters were so well presented to the audience, we had a great understanding of the purpose of each person in the play. The two characters that impressed me the most were Dorine- the maid, was played by incredible Katrina Radcliffe, and of course, Tartuffe, who was played by Bryce Jasper. The energy that the two have is absolutely incredible, and I think every one of us in the audience received the exact message the cast was sending. Dorine is quiet an outspoken being, which never misses and opportunity to say what she thinks out loud and make sure that people around her know how she feels about a particular subject. From the very beginning she reveals her somewhat outlandish character. IN Act one, Scene One she tries to convince mother of Orgon, Madame Pernell, that Tartuffe is a hypocrite and a liar, who is taking advantage of the whole family in the most senseless way. Towards the end of the scene Dorine snaps at Madame Pernell, insisting that the woman is seeking attention and respect, therefore she is defending Tartuffe, and trying to force the family agree with her thoughts. Throughout the play Dorine’s objective is to convince the family that Tartuffe is not a man of his words and as simple as it is he is a con artist who is trying to manipulate a completely oblivious man and his family. I have noticed that one of Dorine’s main tactics in the play is to take charge. When in Act Two, Scene Two, Orgon was trying o convince his daughter to marry…...

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