Friday, March 8, 2019
Play Review: the Imaginary Invalid
Upon entering the theater, my sign reactions were each positive as I took in the scene, my eyes geological fault around the surroundings. The theater was a little smoky and mysterious flavor there were invadeing sustain on the stage (like a compact disk chandelier, a chrome walker, and a contraption of various sized bottles containing florescent yellow-bellied and red eloquent with tubes attached end-to-end) that I found stimulating to check off at and wonder about.When the lights went down and the figure out began, I was excited to fall upon what purpose was behind the smoky environment and the curious props. Up to the nullify of the production, that excitement (accompanied by times of surprise and empathy) was sustained because of the comical constitution of the swordplay. The opening scene with the dark bodies and illuminated faces was a little confusing. I was not sure how having the actors lurking around the stage and auditory sense, with creepy, tingly music a nd sounds being play in the meantime, related to the play.Besides this scene, though, the while and structure of the play was make clear due to the comprehensibility of the dialogue and the ease at which the plot could be followed. M some(prenominal) of the scenes aroused the audience to some form of response, much often laughter than others, but surprise and empathy were prominent as hygienic. In the first scene that Argan, a hypochondriac (the imaginary invalid), was introduced, there was a plethora of giggles and grins from the audience as he sorted through his doctors bills and verbalise of enemas.In the scenes with Angelique, Argans daughter, empathy was felt for her while she struggled to be with her love, Cleante. Many of the scenes had shocking or surprising elements, but the most shocking of every(prenominal) was when Argans doctor came to call down him after hearing the news that Argan was not abiding to his prescriptions. The scene was unconscionable the doctors sp eech was very loud and exaggerated, as was his wardrobe, and there was an added element of ridiculousness with saliva spewing this expression and that out of the doctors mouth as he shouted at Argan.Because the play was filled with scenes of this nature and because most of the play was a little outrageous, it was effective in arousing audience response and captivating my interest throughout the performance. In order to successfully express emotions and ideas, the actors used corpse movements, voice, and facial expressions wonderfully. A perfect example of one actor utilizing all three would be the character of Thomas Diafoirus. Just out of learning to become a doctor, Thomas reflects a goofy, savage-like facial expression.He is presented to the audience like an animal also through his slouching and savage-like mannerisms, not to mention the occurrence that his father would crack a whip on him at any given hint of misbehavior. Thomas is not at all a man who Angelique wants to ma rry, and so this idea is taken to the next train by making his character obviously repulsing to the audience. As exaggerated as they may have been, and as ridiculous as some force have seemed, body movement, voice, and facial expressions were expertly put to use throughout the performance.The design of the set and the costumes worked great with all the other elements of the production. Many quite a little were heard describing the costumes as sort of Rocky Horror, due to the white, passing made up faces and gothic style clothing. While this was not ripe dress for the period in which the play was written, it did still work well with the play and was not seemingly out of place. The characters of Argan, Angelique, Louison, Beralde, and Cleante were not in this gothic style apparel, but instead were in period dress.This was an excellent way of showing the difference between characters. The stage was set strategically with Argans rump directly in the middle, a great way to show th at the play circled around his illness and being in bed most of the time. The props I mentioned at the beginning (the candle chandelier, the chrome walker, and the contraption of bottles containing liquid and tubes) were dangling about the actors on rope. This was a clever way of decorating Argans populate with symbols of his hypochondria.The costumes worn and the design of the set worked well together in conniption an appropriate mood and style for the production. Overall, I really liked this play and thought that the production was done very well. I enjoyed most of all the comedic elements of the play, it was good to laugh and sit through something that was not in a serious tone. I especially thought it a treat to see the audience around me enjoying the performance as much as I was.