The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo

4 Stars

****

Italian playwright Dario Fo’s satirical farce is given a thoroughly satisfying and amusing treatment. It is a tale of deceit and sexual philandering by the wealthy as opposed to the straightforward way of life of a petty burglar.

The burglar breaks into the flat of a wealthy councillor, believing he and his wife are away for a few days. The phone rings continuously. He answers it and it is his wife. This is the first of many surprises. When the burglar hears a couple entering the flat, he has to hide immediately. The man, a wealthy councillor, is the owner of the flat and the lady is the wife of another. They are here to consummate their affair. The plot thickens when the burglar is discovered and further characters appear for the purpose of having sex. Each tries to explain their innocence to prove their marital fidelity.  Misunderstandings pile up, leaving the burglar completely baffled.

The cast perform with great skill bringing out the wonderful humour in the dialogue. The execution of the physical action is slickly achieved in this pacy production.

Reviewed by Ben

Venue; Venue Number                  Assembly @ George Street; V3

Dates                                                  5 to 30 August 2010 (not 16, 23)

Times                                                 14.15 to 16.15

Fringe Programme Page Number: 302

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