Theatre Review: Keith? Or Moliere rewired @ Arcola Theatre
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Nothing is what it seems in Patrick Marmion’s new play “Keith? Or Moliere rewired” at the Arcola Theatre. The play takes the audience on a farcical journey highlighting the absurdity of today’s society. With a storyline of con men and intrigue, the play takes us back to another era of theatre. Inspired by Moliere but with a feel of Restoration Comedy, the play is done with such an ease and relevance, that it leaves the modern audience roaring with laughter.
Image credit: Idil SukanThe shapeshifting god, Dionysus, has come to earth to create mischief and have some fun playing with the life of humans. His chosen form is Keith (Joseph Millson), a South African New life-guru and ex-weapons dealer. The victim for the god’s playtime is the rich business owner Morgan (Mark Jax) who, after the scare of a heart attack, has decided to change his life. And as a god-send miracle, right there in the hospital he meets Keith. Morgan’s family, daughter Roxy (Natalie Klamar) and ex-wife Veena (Sara Powell) are less than sure about Morgan’s new-found shaman, and decide to intervene - and so this crazy and fast paced comedy begins. The design by Jemima Robinson is simple and elegant, with an almost bare stage done up with parquet wood flooring, and plants and lightbulbs in different sizes hanging from the ceiling, as a subtle reminder of the wealth of the family.
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