Home / Events / Theater / The Imaginary Invalid

The Imaginary Invalid

BEN WATERHOUSE
7:30 pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays. Closes Feb. 6., Tuesday January 25 | $33-$58 adults, $18 students and youth.
Gerding Theater
128 NW 11th Ave.
 

Why has Molière endured? Maybe we’re attracted to his anarchism, the way his plays overturn the hierarchy of parents and children, masters and servants. Or maybe we just like potty humor. Constance Congdon, whose liberal adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid plays this month at PCS, seems to favor the latter explanation. Chris Coleman’s production puts a lot of impressive talent onstage in service of a hundred fart gags. Coleman’s invalid, David Margulies, brings to the role of Argan a befuddled, doddering disposition and Walken-esque cadence that makes the flatulent, selfish coot—who attempts to marry his daughter off to a preening doctor to save on the unnecessary medical care he delights in receiving—more likeable than he has any right to be. But why does one character have a thick French accent, and another speak like a gay George W. Bush? Why does the set employ the severe forced perspective of a cardboard theater diorama? And how long can we reasonably be expected to laugh at diarrhea jokes before they just get gross? 



Where: Gerding Theater
Phone: 445-3700
Address: 128 NW 11th Ave.
Website: pcs.org

 
Read About This

The Imaginary Invalid (Portland Center Stage)

Who’s up for some 17th-century fart gags?


Performance
Why has Molière endured? No other non-Anglophone playwright of any century has anything approaching the 17th-century Frenchman’s presence in the English-speaking world. Colleges don’ ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE
 
 
Other events in Theater

Betty Merken: Gravity and Whispers

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Seattle-based painter and printmaker Betty Merken has a gift for abstract compositions that counterpose geometric and organic forms. The perfection of her geometries serves as a potent foil for the i ...
Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st Ave. Web | Map

Christine Clark: Amass

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Christine Clark doesn’t like to tell people what her ambiguous-looking sculptures are made of. “Some people think they’re wax,” she says, “and some think they’re soap....” What they’re ...
Nine Gallery 122 NW 8th Ave. Map

Joel Shapiro: Maquettes and Multiple

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
One of the most exuberant shows in Portland this year, Joel Shapiro’s boldly colorful prints and sculptures fill Liz Leach’s small back gallery with verve and spunk. Although the prints are made o ...
Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Ave. Web | Map
Also At Gerding Theater
There's no more events in Gerding Theater
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close