Linfield Theater: Molière in Mac

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“The Imaginary Invalid” promises laughter

Community: Linfield University Theatre
By Kelly Romo, Contributing Writer

A dazzling comedy that harmonizes with the rebellious spirit of the late-1960s, “The Imaginary Invalid” is a refreshingly buoyant production that brings to life the age-old humor of self-deception and medical malpractice. It is more than a play; it’s a critical yet hilariously entertaining look at human folly and the ridiculous extent of our quest for well-being.

Molière’s original play, “The Imaginary Invalid,” directly mocks the fake doctors and hypochondriacs of 17th-century Paris. The play centers on Argan, a wealthy man obsessed with his health, who falls for ridiculous medical treatments from bizarre doctors. Argan finds himself in a world of ridiculous mix-ups and outlandish cures, all while dealing with his family members who each have their own agenda.

Linfield’s production is a modern adaptation by Oded Gross and Tracy Young. The play explores the same timeless themes but sets it in the late 1960s, creating a fresh and accessible narrative. The musical score resonates with the upbeat melodies of the ‘60s, such as “The Age of Aquarius” and even borrows chords from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” while still holding true to Molière’s original satire.

Linfield Theatre’s creative team spared no detail in crafting a ‘60s Parisian set that serves as a canvas for the chaos of this comedic farce. A replica of the Eiffel Tower, sofas with pill-shaped cushions and scenic vistas of Paris landmarks bring the audience into the heart of France’s capital for this immersive and hilarious production.

For the director, Janet Gupton, one of the most rewarding parts of directing a play such as “The Imaginary Invalid” is collaborating with the designers, crew and actors to unearth the spectacular humor and satirical elements that permeate every scene. Costume design for “The Imaginary Invalid” is a vibrant exploration of 1960s Parisian fashion. The costume designer Laurel Peterson’s commitment to historical accuracy while infusing the essence of satire is evident in the bold and eclectic wardrobe choices that defined the period and the characters’ larger-than-life personas.

Linfield’s rendition of “The Imaginary Invalid” promises to be a delightful plunge into the absurd and serves as a poignant reminder to cast a critical eye on the nonsense of our times.

Make sure to secure your spot in the audience! The production of “The Imaginary Invalid” will be at Linfield University’s Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall on April 18–20 and April 25–26 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on April 28 at 2 p.m. This play may not be suitable for all audiences due to mature themes and language. It is recommended for ages 13 and older.

Tickets are $12. Seniors can attend for $10 and students 13 and older for $8. Starting April 3, you can purchase tickets on For more information, please call 503-883-2292.