The Imaginary Invalid – BHS Fall Play

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Benicia High School (BHS) drama
students will present with their performance of Moliere’s play written in 1673, The Imaginary Invalid.

The engaging show opens at 7 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays, November 2, 3, 9 and 10. 
Matinees performances will be offered at 2 p.m. November 4 and 11.  All shows are presented at the school’s
Performing Arts Building, 1101 Military West in Benicia.  Admission prices are $8 for children, high school and college students with identification and $14 for general admission. A $2 discount is available for all tickets purchased by Oct. 31 online through Benicia High School’s website: 


For more information please call Benicia High School at 707-747-8325.  Phone in and hand-delivered orders are not being taken at this time.

This three-act comedy offers many twists and turns about the vulgarities’ of healthcare focuses on the opening character, Argan, a severe hypochondriac, going through the bill from his apothecary (the pharmacist) item-by-item. He only pays out about half of what is on the bill.

Argan plays just as cagey with personal relationships of his daughter, Angelique.  He wants a doctor for a son-in-law. He reasons that since he is always ill, it would be a good idea to have a doctor in the family. Then he could have his son-in-law’ services as doctor all the time, for free. Angelique, on the other hand, has some romantic plans of her own and will never agree to that marriage. The show continues with dance sequences and musical interludes as the cast engages to solve both the ills of a body as well as the ills of a love-sick heart.

This particular script is not a direct adaptation but instead a modernized adaptation made famous by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2011. Writers Oded Gross and Tracy Young modernized the setting (to the 1960’s), the language, the musical interludes, and the historical references to adapt to a modern audience, making this a version of the famous script as never seen before.

Benicia High is honored to be one of the premier theatres performing this amazing piece, said Christine Mani, director and BHS drama and dance teacher.


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