THE IMAGINARY INVALID

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Kentwood Players Proudly Presents

THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Molière

An outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners January 13 through February 18, 2017

At the Westchester Playhouse 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 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. There will be a champagne and dessert reception between 7:00-7:30pm 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, 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 4:00- 7:00pm. You may also purchase tickets online at www.kentwoodplayers.org. For group ticket sales of 10 or more, please call the box office for group rates.

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current production and upcoming auditions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at www.kentwoodplayers.org. You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.

To meet THE IMAGINARY INVALID production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

Reviews

Lorenzo Marchessi

Good People “Kentwood Players Does Drama Well – “The Good People” Is Touching & Very Very Real!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY By Lorenzo Marchessi

Hitting the New York stages in 2011 and receiving many awards and nominations for its poignant realism of life and the sometimes harsh cards we all are dealt with throughout life, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire wrote “Good People” with the heart and soul of the human condition – from the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Set in South Boston, with a working-class neighborhood which falls on hard times, Margaret Walsh is fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter, represent a large portion of today's society. It's her past, present and evolving future that makes all these characters alive, interesting and dynamic.

Producer Susan Goldman Weisbarth and director by Gail Bernardi with a nice three set sectioned (and then a full living room) as designed by Doug Carlson and Scott Renfro, the play is very moving and filled with small moments of humor and lots of shocking surprises. All are performance driven and all very real and timely in today's questionable political environment.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Scot Renfro, Allison Reeves – Top R. - Melodie S. Rivers, Susan Stangl, Margie Bates – Bot. L. - Susan Stangl, Scot Renfro – Bot R. - Beau Smith, Susan Stangl

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

“17th Century Fun With The Kentwood Players Production of ”The Imaginary Invalid” !”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

Directed by Susan Stangl, the Kentwood Players present at the Westchester playhouse in Los Angeles, the 17th Century originated comedy farce called “The Imaginary Invalid”. The show is a fun comedy romp with colorful characters, a few misdirection's, and more than a houseful of doctors, remedies and diseases.

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

Good People “Kentwood Players Does Drama Well – “The Good People” Is Touching & Very Very Real!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY By Lorenzo Marchessi

Hitting the New York stages in 2011 and receiving many awards and nominations for its poignant realism of life and the sometimes harsh cards we all are dealt with throughout life, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire wrote “Good People” with the heart and soul of the human condition – from the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Set in South Boston, with a working-class neighborhood which falls on hard times, Margaret Walsh is fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter, represent a large portion of today's society. It's her past, present and evolving future that makes all these characters alive, interesting and dynamic.

Producer Susan Goldman Weisbarth and director by Gail Bernardi with a nice three set sectioned (and then a full living room) as designed by Doug Carlson and Scott Renfro, the play is very moving and filled with small moments of humor and lots of shocking surprises. All are performance driven and all very real and timely in today's questionable political environment.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Scot Renfro, Allison Reeves – Top R. - Melodie S. Rivers, Susan Stangl, Margie Bates – Bot. L. - Susan Stangl, Scot Renfro – Bot R. - Beau Smith, Susan Stangl

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

“17th Century Fun With The Kentwood Players Production of ”The Imaginary Invalid” !”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

Directed by Susan Stangl, the Kentwood Players present at the Westchester playhouse in Los Angeles, the 17th Century originated comedy farce called “The Imaginary Invalid”. The show is a fun comedy romp with colorful characters, a few misdirection's, and more than a houseful of doctors, remedies and diseases.

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review