THE DOCTOR DESPITE HIMSELF at the Electric Lodge, October 2009
A World Premiere Translation and Adaptation of one of Moliere’s funniest plays:
“The Doctor Despite Himself” took decisive aim at the medical establishment... in 1666. Despite being under the king’s protection, Moliere suffered from frequent and violent attacks from those he denounced. In 2009, healthcare is at the center of a national discussion, and the troupe appreciates the value in making people think about important issues through jest. Without sets, the staging is centered in the actor’s work and following the Buffoons’ tradition, the plot is a base with freedom for the actors to improvise, create scenes and seek a conspiracy with the audience. Like the Buffoons, the troupe appreciates the value in making people think about serious issues through jest, but is mostly concerned with giving the audience the miraculous medicine that everybody needs: Laughter!
"Le Médecin malgré lui" is awash in slapstick aplomb. Fathy's deadpan drollery and Bellar's amiable hectoring are in the classic style... "Doctor" gambols about the black-box setting as though it's a tony Second City workout“.