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Der eingebildete Kranke

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Continuing a short theatre spree, we went to see Molière’s Der eingebildete Kranke (Le malade imaginaire, The Imaginary Invalid) at ThOP today. Compared to yesterday’s Kontrakte des Kaufmanns it was a rather tame and joyful piece. It’s a comedy, it’s meant to be funny.

The stage was set up with a cool giant bed, housing the hypochondriac Argan who - rather appropriately for the role - gestured in the style of Louis de Funès. His young pretty wife is after his money, his daughter is in love with a guy who is not the doctor he’d like to have as a son-in-law and his housemaid is the only person taking him sort-of-seriously: there we have a little story and a bunch of entertainment.

From Candide, I remember Molière to be more cynical than this piece appeared to me, featuring ‘just’ the fact that most people are liars and that most doctors are quacks. As I haven’t read the book, I can only guess whether that’s a matter of the piece in question or one of the way they performed it.

January 20, 2010, 9:16

Tagged as göttingen, malade imaginaire, molière, theatre, thop.

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Comment by Kristjan Kannike: User icon

“Candide” was written by Voltaire made cynical by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

January 24, 2010, 8:46

Comment by ssp: User icon

@Kristjan Kannike:
Thanks for pointing this out – embarrassing. Looks like I got my old French authors mixed up.

January 24, 2010, 17:38

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