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.
CAST and CREW
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