Moliere's L'Amour Medecin ("Love is the Best Doctor"), directed by and starring Didier Rousselet, is in performance through Mar. 15 at Le Neon Theatre at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, VA.
The play is about a miserly old man whose daughter -- angry that her father won't let her marry -- feigns illness and is treated by four doctors who are across-the-board idiots.
The play has been set in Moliere's own bedroom as a sort of homage to the fact that Moliere actually fell ill and died while performing in another of his plays, and Rousselet's Moliere -- coughing and hacking away on his deathbed -- actually waves the actors into position and corrects them as they perform.
"The satire is still there, but so is a poignancy that otherwise wouldn't be," wrote the Washington Post of this production's unusual concept.
For information and tickets, call (703) 243-6366. -- By Rebecca Paller