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Review: Keith? Or Moliere Rewired, at Arcola Theatre

Improbable but engaging characters in Patrick Marmion's chaotically comic take on modern Britain

02 March, 2019 — By Angela Cobbinah

Joseph Millson in Keith? Or Moliere Rewired. Photo: Idil Sukan

AS the Brexit fiasco hangs over us like an “evil curse”, incubating all manner of divisions and schisms, Patrick Marmion attempts to lighten the mood with his darkly comic take on modern Britain.

Inspired by both Moliere’s Tartuffe and Euripides’ Dionysus, it opens with the first of a cast of improbable but engaging characters, a former South African gun runner posing as Buddhist guru Keith (Joseph Millson), who has inveigled himself into the wealthy home of Brexit voting, climate denier Morgan (Mark Jax).

Next up is Morgan’s ex-wife, Veena (Sara Powell), a radical feminist and professor of comparative misanthropy who sees through the con, and their censorious medic daughter Roxy (Natalie Klamar) just back from Syria with husband-to-be Mo in tow.

Trouble is, Mo (Aki Omoshaybi) is a devout Muslim with a first-class degree in chemistry. Enter a Serbian hitman quoting Kant and an insolent Brazilian cleaner with a slack attitude to sex and you have chaos.

It’s all totally bonkers but you can’t help laughing, and by end, when the six-strong ensemble lose themselves in a bouncy dance routine, you get the message: loosen up – there’s more to unite us than divide.

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