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Le Malade Imaginaire ()

Produced by

Théâtre Français de Toronto

Playwright: Molière
Director: Guy Mignault

Venue

The Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs Theatre

Run

May 6th, 2015 – May 24th, 2015

Synopsis

It was more than 340 years ago that the famed Parisian author imagined this old and zany patriarch who, like most characters in Moliere’s body of work, has not aged a bit! As he’s done for hundreds of years, we expect our imaginary invalid to list the many aches and pains he supposedly suffers from…but if Argan, the character at the heart of Moliere’s comedy, truly surfers from a medical condition, it would have to be acute hypochondria. Indeed the old man loves to surround himself with the best and brightest doctors and pharmacists money can buy—which would be completely understandable if he wasn’t in fact in perfect health! His admiration for the medical profession has in fact turned into an obsession. It is easy then to imagine his disappointment when Angélique, his beloved daughter, falls madly in love with Cléante, a young man who is not a doctor! Meanwhile, hoping to get her hands on his fortune, Argan’s second wife, Béline, is patiently waiting for one of her husband’s imaginary illness to finally become real. Toinette, the servant with an uncanny talent for disguise, jumps at the chance of playing doctors, mumbling hilariously her way through medical gibberish and determined to remedy these unfortunate situations. (Show Facebook Event)


Cast

Nicolas Van Burek Argan
Julie-Kim Beaudry Béraldine
Sébastien Bertrand Monsieur Bonnefoy / Thomas Diafoirus
Krystel Descary Angelélique / Louison
Bianca Heuvelmans Béline / Monsieur Fleurant
Djennie Laguerre Toinette
Guy Mignault Monsieur Diafoirus
Christopher Webb Cléante / Monsieur Purgon

Creative Team

Molière Playwright
Guy Mignault Director
Claude Naubert Music
Glen Charles Landry Set Design
Alain Richer Lighting
Melanie McNeill Costumes

Production

Gabriel Dubé Stage Manager
Natalie Gisele Production Manager
Michelle Connolly Seamstress
Gunta Dreifelds Surtitles Coordinator
Melanie Hall Surtitles Operator

Staff

Cecilia Waszczuk Head Technician