The Imaginary Invalid

Presented by Combustible Company

Gremlin Theater

550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114

120 minutes

With intermission

Past performances

Saturday, April 14 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 15 7:30 pm
Monday, April 16 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Thursday, April 19 7:30 pm
  • ASL interpreted
  • Audio described
Friday, April 20 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 21 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 22 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 26 7:30 pm
Friday, April 27 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 28 7:30 pm
Comedy Musical Minnesota premiere

The Imaginary Invalid tells the story of Argan, a miserly hypochondriac who hatches a scheme to get free healthcare by marrying off one of his daughters (Angelique) to a young doctor. Dependent on extravagant cures and desperately worried about his ability to continue to pay for his medical care, he will do anything. Angelique however, having already fallen in love with someone else, has other plans for her life. Argan’s clever servant (Toinette) and gregarious brother (Beralde) come to her aid as they seek to unwind both his nefarious plot and his unhealthy obsession with quackery.

Though written over 300 years ago, The Imaginary Invalid is a strikingly-relevant, passionate farce that shines a light on the wounds we inflict upon ourselves, the scars of life, and the lengths that some will go to achieve "affordable" healthcare in a seemingly-incurable system. This fresh translation by Oded Gross features original Motown- and pop-inspired songs by Paul James Prendergast, commedia dell'arte roots, and sharp modern language.

Antonio Duke Beralde
Joni Griffith Angelique
Anna Pladson Louison
Julianna Drajko Beline, Sandrine
Paul Herwig Set and Prop Design
Paul Epton Lighting Design
C. Andrew Mayer Sound Design