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The Misanthrope

From Moliere via Justin Fleming, a piercing satire of glamorous society, where compliments are commerce and honesty is unwelcome.

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The Misanthrope

Date: 1 Aug 2018

She has the success, the influence, and the looks.

And yet she’s a misanthrope – a sharp-tongued cynic forced to ‘play nicely’ on the social scene when she’d rather avoid human contact altogether.

This is the world of The Misanthrope, a piercing satire of glamorous society, where compliments are commerce and honesty is unwelcome. Where a woman who speaks her mind no matter who she offends, meets a man who is young, beautiful and wrapped up in a life of shallow social climbing.

Is this a tale of true love, or a tale of untruths?

This is Molière with a twist, as Danielle Cormack plays the savvy, sophisticated misanthrope who rejects the superficiality of a society laden with insincerity.

Set behind the scenes at a music video shoot, this 17th century comedy screams into the 21st century thanks to the wicked wit of Australian playwright Justin Fleming (The Literati, Tartuffe) and director Lee Lewis.

“It will really spin a classic on its head,” Cormack says. “By shifting the gender of the title character, it might have some confronting moments for the more conservative in the audience. I love that. Creating theatre or television or film, is about challenging people.

“I am hoping The Misanthrope will illuminate all of those themes and the discord between the sexes and where we place that now. It’s an interesting moment in time. It is wobbly terrain at the moment and we are looking for solid footing. It’s good. It shakes things up.”

Read Jason Blake’s review here.

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