The Hypochondriac

If you worry that Moliere is too sophisticated for your kids, worry no more. This production  has all the poop, piss and fart jokes that any ten year old boy could possibly want! And if he gets a bit of a taste for classical theatre while watching, so much the better.

Stephen Ouimette can read a cereal box and I will enjoy it, so I am always ready to enjoy any play he is starring in. I was not disappointed. His Argan/Moliere was wonderful.
Funny, sad and very human. Brigit Wilson did a fantastic job as his counterpart, Toinette. Who knew she had such a dirty laugh? But it was more than her laugh that kept pace with Ouimette. As a pair, they kept the show going.

Great support from Shannon Taylor as Angelique and Luke Humphrey as Cleante. These two are great lovers, as they so ably demonstrated in Shakespeare in Love. I did not recognize Ian Lake as Thomas Diafoirerhoea until he smiled at the curtain call. He also was very funny. Trish Lindstrom was excellent as the scheming wife. She is an actor who manages to disappear in her character – no matter how often I see her, I do not recognize her. Peter Hutt on the other hand has only to utter one syllable and i know who it is behind the costume. Ben Carlson had a small role, but managed to say the line “With friends like this, who needs enemas?” with a straight face.

 

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Hypochondriac

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Ouimette and Wilson were stand-outs in a strong cast.
    The show was crudely funny (the gang from The Hangover will be making a film version next year), although I am sure getting right was as difficult as any drama at Stratford.
    Somehow I wasn’t as entertained as I was by last year’s Alchemist, but that’s probably just me. This year’s costumes were definitely funnier.

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