Laughter makes good medicine in Molire production
The perfect prescription for that serious condition, Thunder River Theatre Company’s production of Molire’s “The Imaginary Invalid” may have audiences in stitches.The play will run Friday through Sunday, and Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn in Carbondale. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except the 6 p.m. Sunday show.”The Imaginary Invalid,” Molire’s last play, is a satire on the medical profession the playwright’s wrote in the final days of his life. It offers social commentary as timely today as it was when it premiered more than 300 years ago. Molire is also the writer of “The Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe.”During the play, doctors and patients come under scrutiny when lead character Argan’s financial circumstances collapse under the weight of excessive medical bills, made by his own fears and by the unscrupulous behavior of his physicians. Argan conceives the idea of marrying his daughter off to one of his doctors in return for a lifetime of free medical treatments.Lon Winston, TRTC’s founding artistic director, has wanted to direct the comedy for years. Among TRTC’s resident acting company members playing the characters are: Linda White, Valerie Haugen, Richard Lyon, Michael Miller and Lana Karp.Winston has also cast a few newcomers to the TRTC stage: Jennica Lundin of Glenwood Springs – a graduate of Glenwood Springs High School and the University of Colorado – as dutiful daughter Angelica; CRMS students Mallory Parks and Peter Goodwin, playing Angelica’s two suitors; and Carbondale Elementary School student Brooke Murray as Louise, Angelica’s mischievous little sister. The company welcomes back Patrick Murray and Jeff Carlson of Glenwood Springs (“Macbeth,” “The Seagull,” and “The Little Foxes”) in the role of invalid imaginaire Argan.Friday and Saturday performances are $20 for adults and $15 for students; and $18 and $13 for adults and students on Thursday and Sunday. Tickets and directions are available at http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com or Sounds Easy Video in Carbondale. For further information, call 309-5398.
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