By Randi Somers
Who would guess that a play about a sick old man could be entertaining and even amusing.
Molière, noted French playwright and actor of the 1600s, (real name Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) was himself dying when he wrote and starred in the play, The Imaginary Invalid in 1673. He was considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in western literature.
Homer’s version of the play runs through August. It was performed August 16 through 18 and will take the stage again Aug. 23-26 and 29-31, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Marc Oliver, (who also plays Monsieur de Bonnifoi) Pier One Theatre’s production of the French classic brings eleven of Homer’s seasoned performers together. In the lead role of Argan, the dying hypochondriac, Ken Landfield is so convincing, some in the opening night audience (packed house) last Friday thought he was actually ill.
Peter Norton plays Argan’s healthy adventurous brother who comes in bloody from wrestling a bear, presenting a striking contrast to his ailing sibling.
Jessica Williams, Sabina Karwowski, Adi Davis, Maura Jones, Kevin Ray Johnson, Peter Shepard, Matthew Meyer and Johnny Hamilton complete the all- star cast, some playing two characters.
General admission is $16 with discounts available. Tickets are on sale at the Bookstore and at the booth in front of the theatre on play nights.
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