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The Literati Review: In the style of the play


We are so excited about The Literati touring to Riverside and love this creative and clever review for The Literati by Glen Falkenstein so much that we just had to share it with you!

I enjoyed The Literati so much, I thought I’d do something a little different and write up a review in the imaginative style of the play.

For Glen’s more, traditional review, see here

What an incredibly marvellous play
You should go out and see it today
What is it you should so earnestly see
Griffin’s world premiere of The Literati

Co-produced with Bell Shakespeare, a match made in heaven
It’s playing for six weeks, promptly at 7 (8pm at Riverside)
Adapted from Moliere’s Francophile woes
Playwright Justin Fleming fills it with prose

Classic, but modern, the language you’ll know
Moliere’s iconic wit it endearingly toes
Set today, its musings, slightly more relatable
Its content, nine characters, their morals, debatable

Marriage, jilted lovers, matchmaking’s a task
Doting parents, a writer, he’s incredibly crass
Gareth Davies plays the poet, a pretentious twat
His scenes, hilarious, his manner, down pat

The other four actors, exceptionally cast
Each plays dual characters, no easy ask
Caroline Brazier, she takes the cake
You might recognise her from ABC’s Rake

Kate Mulvany as Amanda, the whole role subsumes her
Boasting some of the play’s best, physical humour
Jamie Oxenbould as the lover, his stage presence, sizeable
Switching parts so well, he’s barely cognizable

A rotating stage you’ll watch with glee
Even if employed all too sparingly
The runtime, long, but fun till the end
You’ll love Fleming’s skill, he’s made such a gem

Caustically wry, its barbs are scathing
Perspicacious and droll, sagacious, wide-ranging
A self-aware tone, the play does partake
A treatise, too, a worthy piss-take

A treat for lovers of prose and wordplay
Or romance, or humour, or the strange things people say
The Literati gets its content just right

Don’t hesitate, go see it tonight

This review was originally published on FalkenScreen

Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare’s production of The Literati tours to Riverside Theatres 27 – 30 July. Secure your tickets to hilarious and first-class production now.


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