Berc, Belgrader & Magee, the team that gave American Repertory Theatre Ubu Rock and The Servant of Two Masters, return once more for a mounting of Moliere's comedy, The Imaginary Invalid, May 8-31.
Shelley Berc and Andrei Belgrader have translated and adapted the farce, which is directed by ART veteran, Belgarder and features music by Rusty Magee (Scapin, The Irish and How They Got That Way).
Moliere's last play is a satire of the medical profession, wherein hypochondriacal Argan decides his daughter must marry a physician so that he'd always have ready healthcare.
American Rep uses a resident acting company, including Caroline Hall (Angelique), Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, Benjamin Evett, Jeremy Geidt, Will LeBow (Argan), Karen McDonald and Karen MacDonald. Designing Invalid are Catherine Zuber (costumes), Michael Chybowski (lighting) and Christopher Walker (sound). Zuber's Broadway credits include Ivanov and The Red Shoes.
As founding director of the Yale Repertory and Cambridge MA's American Rep, artistic director Robert Brustein has supervised more than 200 productions. He serves as director of the Loeb Drama Center, Professor of English at Harvard, and drama critic for The New Republic. These days, he's most celebrated for his public arguments with playwright August Wilson about multi-cultural casting. For tickets and information on shows at the American Repertory Theatre call their Info-Line at (617) 547-8300 or check out their website at http://www.amrep.org.
-- By David Lefkowitz