It's summer and the Twin Beach Players are again invigorating life along the boardwalk.
This weekend the troupe will present a modern-day take on the Moliere classic, "The Imaginary Invalid."
The show will be presented outdoors, across from the North Beach Boardwalk at Third and Bay avenues. Admission is free, but donations to support the Twin Beach Players will be accepted.
Performances are at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Audience members are encouraged to bring along their lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
This great character play, written in 1673, was Parisian Moliere's last comedy. The satirist and dramatist died from a long ailment just after the fourth performance of "Le Malade Imaginaire."
The story revolves around hypochondriac Argan, played by Luke Woods, who wants his oldest daughter, Angelique, played by Molly Larsen, to marry -- who else? -- a doctor.
To complicate matters, his daughter wishes to marry Cleante, played by Justin Christofel, instead. To help her carry off a plan to overrule her father's wishes, the conflicted Angelique recruits the meddling housekeeper, Toinette, played by Rachel Larsen.
Twin Beach Players veteran Jeff Larsen directs the troupe's second Moliere production. The first was "Tartuffe," presented in 2002. Three of Larsen's daughters are in the cast for the current production.
The cast includes Elizabeth McWilliams as Beline, Jennifer Banks as Madame De Faux Pas, Jeff Vargo as Dr. Doofus, Tom Wines as Thomas Doofus, Claire Larsen as Louison, Jennie Ramey as Bearnaise, Jeff Larsen as Dr. Fleurant and Courtney Wilson as Dr. Purgon.
Romance, mistaken identity, deceit and colorful language all contribute to the humor. The play represents both extremes of medicine: the tendency to be overly reliant on doctors and complicated remedies and how people might cure themselves.