Sunday, October 7, 2012

October 5-November 3, 2012

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Bob Abelman

What starts out as a madcap makeover through the infusion of 1960s pop culture and original music reveals drastic cosmetic surgery on a 17th century satire.  Fortunately, it is not of the Joan Rivers variety.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald review here.

Roy Berko

Tracy Young’s direction and the efforts of her cast pay off in a presentation of THE IMAGINARY INVALID that, from the reactions of the opening night audience, pleased many.  On the other hand, MoliĆ©re purists, and those who think comedy is comedy and not farce, will probably not be overjoyed.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Fran Heller

In an election year, with the hotbed issue of health care buzzing around the candidates and the nation like a swarm of bees, "The Imaginary Invalid," Moliere's 17th century comedy of manners about a hypochondriac at the mercy of his mercenary doctors couldn't be more timely.
Great Lakes Theater's slightly naughty and wildly imaginative romp of a production under the knowing wink of director Tracy Young is the perfect antidote for whatever ails you.

To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News

Christine Howey
If you've lost touch with your inner four-year-old, the one who loves nothing more than poop/butt/fart jokes, you'd be an ass not to see The Imaginary Invalid, now at Great Lakes Theater. This is a show so laden with cheeky puns about buttocks and bung holes, an audience member may qualify for a proctologist's license by the time the curtain falls.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene


Unlike some of GLT’s more polorizing work, read: Shakespeare, THE IMAGINARY INVALID gives a classic play a modern upgrade and does it to perfection. This show has a little something for everyone and is guaranteed to entertain.

To see a full review of this show, read Kory's blog here.

Andrea Simakis

The lowbrow sensibility that pervades "The Imaginary Invalid" is meant to evoke the commedia dell'arte -- the Punch and Judy people's theater of Moliere's time. What does that look like on the contemporary stage?  Sight gags about leeches, suppositories and hypodermics (a 4-foot-long Wile E. Coyote-style needle is plunged into the rump of an apothecary who looks like a buff Andy Warhol), slapstick involving narcolepsy, groaning puns ("It's a light opera," a character quips, one with "fewer calories") and, of course, fart jokes.

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Art Thomas

This production is the epitome of Great Lakes mission, "reimagining the classics." With Moliere's simple plot as the base, director Tracy Young adds layers upon layers, including America's 1960's disco fashion and dance as well as contemporary political references. The production delights those with open minds, but it's a bit like a two-pound box of chocolates into which three pounds have been stuffed. 

Click here to read the complete review at WestLife