The Imaginary Invalid

directed by Matthew Gregory


A contemporary reimagining of Molière’s THE IMAGINARY INVALID, this production satirizes today’s pill-popping culture and drug-driven health care system. The setting for the play takes place in a Manhattan loft apartment, which is full of art, and paintings that now jostle with medical equipment and paraphernalia. The original musical interludes in the play are now replaced by faux TV adverts which promote questionable drug treatments and their unpleasant side effects. M55 Art Gallery generously liaised with Ed Rath and Richard Pitts to provide genuine artworks to adorn the walls of our protagonist’s swish apartment. We will be holding an opening for the art at a date to be announced later. We are also grateful to The Conran Shop for their support. The story revolves around Argan, a wealthy and eccentric hypochondriac, who is plagued by a gold-digging wife, an insolent maid, a rebellious young daughter and an infestation of drug-peddling incompetent doctors. Argan is actually in fine health but is so doped up that the side effects alone have him convinced he is dying. Through a series of hilarious tricks and outrageous disguises, Argan’s fast-talking maid and exasperated brother work furiously to cure Argan of his true malady; as his doctors are the real disease.


 5/14/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/15/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/16/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/17/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/20/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/21/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/22/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/23/2009 at 4:00pm
 5/23/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/24/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/27/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/28/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/29/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/30/2009 at 8:00pm
 5/31/2009 at 8:00pm

Theatre/Venue The Secret Theatre 

44-02 23rd St.  Queens

Phone Number for Reservations 718-392-0722 
Website for reservations  
Running time 1hr. 50min. 


Producing Organization: The Queens Players  
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