Written by Molière
Performed June 21st, 2015 at the Hyde Playground and May 2nd at the Newton Cultural Center
Our first foray into the works of Molière, The Imaginary Invalid is full of folly and fondness.
Argan, a severe hypochondriac, intends to marry his daughter, Angélique, to the doctor Thomas Diafoirus so that Argan will always have access to medical attention. However, Angélique is in love with the young, dashing Cléante. Toinette, Argan's maid, is disgusted by her master's selfishness and demands that the betrothal not take place. Meanwhile, Argan's second wife, Béline, schemes to ensure that she will be the predominant beneficiary of her husband's will. A disguised Cléante attempts to express his love for Angélique, but his efforts are foiled by Thomas' mechanical declarations of affection. Exasperated by Angélique's refusal to pledge herself to Thomas, Argan, at Béline's suggestion, threatens to send his daughter to a convent. Béralde, Argan's brother, comes to Angélique's defense. He and Toinette hatch a scheme to prove Béline's foul intentions. Following their instructions, Argan fakes his own death. Angélique is distraught, but Béline rejoices and immediately goes after his money. After hearing their reactions, Argan awakens, allows Angélique to marry Cléante, and decides to become a doctor himself.
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