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A fruad, a sucker and a god awful wig

Queensland Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company present TARTUFFE by Molière. A new version by Justin Fleming with an Aussie twist.

Tartuffe is the greatest of pretenders, a cunning con man wrapped in perverted holy cloth and a god awful wig.

With his sights set on Orgon's wife and fortune, he successfully plays him like the willing Muppet he is.

The true riot is that everyone can see through him, everyone but Orgon. To the wealthy Orgon, even the thought of the accusations made by those around him seem viciously outrageously.

When every attempt to convince him of Tartuffe's farce falls on deaf ears and with Mariane every happiness at stake, it's time to come together and formulate a plan.

The family sets out on lifting his heavily stitched veil to catch him out. Or catch him with his pants down, whatever works.

If they can expose him for the master weasel he truly is, then perhaps the head of the house will finally break free of his powerful sway. Needless to say chaos ensues.

Fast free flowing rhythmic wit and a string of laugh out loud moments make this play the perfect end to Queensland Theatre's 2016 Season.

Stand out performances: Emily Weir (Dorine) possesses perfect comedic timing, can we get this girl a TV show so we can see her on a weekly basis?

Darren Gilshenan portrayal of Tartuffe was masterful, hilariously slimy and to be frank, the man is total scene stealer. Tartuffe did a hair flip that we talked about even after the show. Alison van Reeken (Elmire) was also a standout for me. The entire cast really sold it, they played Molière's fiddle and the entire audience followed.

Justin Fleming's adaptation of Tartuffe not only assimilates the Aussie lingo, but is thematically relevant to the world we live in, full of trumps, I mean 'traps', hacks and cons.

Expressed in rhyming couplets we heed the 300 year of warning that not all that glitters is gold.

A quality production with must see performances! If I had stars, I'd sprinkle them on the stage.

Playing now at The Playhouse in Qpac until the 4th of December.


Kate Cherry

Richard Roberts

Lighting Designer
David Murray

Sound Designer
Tony Brumpton

Cast Includes
Jenny Davis, Darren Gilshenan, Hugh Parker, Tessa Lind, James Sweeny, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken, Emily Weir and Alex Williams

Runtime: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Warning: Contains coarse language and herbal cigarettes

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Why? Guaranteed laugh
When: Tue 6.30pm, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat 7.30pm
Phone: 136 246
Where: The Play House, QPAC, Southbank
Cost: $78-$82 (Under 30s $33)
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