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.
“Candide” was written by Voltaire made cynical by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.
Thanks for pointing this out – embarrassing. Looks like I got my old French authors mixed up.
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