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The Imaginary Invalid Comes To Kentwood

 

December 15, 2016

Kentwood Players proudly presents THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Molière, an outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners, opening Friday, January 13 through Saturday, February 18, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester.

There will be a champagne and dessert reception between 7 pm and 7:30pm for season subscribers and members attending the Saturday, January 14 performance.

The production is directed by Susan Stangl, who just happens to be a medical doctor adding her unique spin to the production, and produced by Sheridan Cole for Kentwood Players. Featured in the cast in alphabetical order are Harold Dershimer, Mitch Feinstein, Drew Fitzsimmons, Sydney Holliday, Daniel Kruger, Zachary Leonard, Aaron Merken, Lezlie Moore, Irwin Moskowitz, Michele Selin, Beau Smith, and Jenna Tovey.

Molière's THE IMAGINARY INVALID is an outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners sadly relevant even today. The wealthy Argan revels in poor health, relying on laxatives, suppositories, bloodlettings, and second and third opinions from the leading quacks. Although his daughter Angélique loves the impoverished Cléante, Argan wants to marry her to Thomas Diaforrhea, a medical dunce who can assure his father-in-law a lifetime of free health care. Aided by Argan's wily, back-talking servant Toinette, the young lovers contrive to meet despite the scheming of Béline, Argan's mercenary second wife. All is resolved (or is it?) when the clever Toinette and Argan's sage brother Béralde concoct a hilarious, elaborate plan to teach Argan where to place his trust.

Reserved seat tickets are $20 with a $2 discount for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4 pm to 7. You may also purchase tickets online at http://www.kentwoodplayers.org. For group ticket sales of 10 or more, please call the box office for group rates.

 

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