Last Friday, I attended the gala opening of the Peninsula Players’ presentation of Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid.” It was a wonderful spectacle, with the actors in lavish period costumes, following the King and Queen of France into the theater, applauded by the appreciative audience.

The play itself was fascinating. Written in 1674 by the French playwright, it managed to be as funny, timely and contemporary today as it was then. Who among us has not known a hypochondriac who chases one cure after another, while complaining about the druggist’s bills? What daughter does not flinch from her father’s idea of a suitable young man, and sneak off to find somebody Dad wouldn’t approve of? And what employer hasn’t muttered those timeless words, ‘It is hard to find good help these days?”

The actors carried this farce off brilliantly. It is hysterically funny, from the bill-ripping beginning to the bizarre, Monty-Pythonesque ending. It is well worth the modest $10 ticket fee. I encourage you to see it.

Rose Power

Long Beach

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