The Imaginary Invalid
By Molière/ Adaptation and Translation by Lance Davis
February 8 – March 1, 2020
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Fridays @ 8:00pm
Saturdays @ 3:00pm and 8:00pm
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“Our obligation, as doctors, is to treat them, not cure them.”
A satire about the 17th-century medical profession. Moliere’s last comedy. Zany as a Marx Brothers movie, the farce delves into hypochondria and the perversity of the patriarchy.
Its intended audience was the French aristocracy, primarily King Louis XIV. Molière played the lead character, Argan the hypochondriac, and in an ironic turn of events, would end up dying from tuberculosis just hours after the last performance.
For some time Argan (Ar-gone) had chosen his love for his imaginary illnesses and worship of quack medicine over his own family. But now he’s sacrificing his own daughter’s chance of happiness. Who can restore sanity before he ruins the lives of everyone?
Running time: 90 minutes + intermission