We tend to reserve the word “timeless” for the warm and fuzzy aspects of the human spirit — love, generosity, community — neglecting our less attractive, if equally persistent, qualities. Leave it to the Bush Administration and its awe-inspiring bumbling hubris and lack of accountability to open us up to revisiting plays like Tartuffe, in which seventeenth-century French playwright Moliére satirically concludes that hypocrisy knows no era.
Tartuffe, which follows a title character who feigns virtue while clearly being a dirtbag, was banned by the religious order of its day. It seems that speaking truth to power always earns a lashing from the higher-ups.
Boulder’s Upstart Crow Theatre Company is opening Tartuffe, translated, tonight at the The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, at 7:30. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. It runs through December 1. Call 303-444-7328. — Elliott Johnston