George Bernard Shaw's Comedy The Doctor's Dilemma
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L.A.'s acclaimed home of the classics, A Noise Within, stages Tartuffe, one of Moliere's best loved -- and most clever -- comedies. Few scoundrels are as roguish, charming or hilarious as the titular Tartuffe, an impostor who insinuates himself into the home of Orgon and his family, quickly throwing the entire household into chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with his guest and his phony piety grows, Tartuffe's deception threatens to turn downright damaging. This translation of the 1669 original retains all of its witty relevance, and was written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur in 1963. Learn More
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Well presented, well acted Bernard Shaw play. The farcial way the various doctors are depicted is hilarious. The Noise Within still has acoustic problems due to the audience being in a 3/4 circle around the stage. When the actors happen to have their backs turned it is next to impossible to hear them. G.H.
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- “A wonderfully wrought production that has taken Shaw’s best and made it even better.” --<em>ArtsinLA </em>
- "Director Dámaso Rodríguez and a ready cast ride Shaw’s hobbyhorse themes at a full gallop, blowing past the piece’s occasional stodginess with sheer comical verve ... this solid production honors Shaw in all his puckishness and spleen." --<a target="_blank" href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/23/news/la-the-doctors-dilemma-at-a-noise-within-20121023"><em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>
Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment remains experimental and his resources restricted to ten selected patients. The arrival of the striking and persuasive Jennifer Dubedat, desperate to save the life of her brilliant artist husband, nevertheless prompts Ridgeon to invite the young couple to a dinner where he and his colleagues may assess the merits of the case. Beguiled by the charismatic Dubedat and his lovely wife, they concur that his is a life worth saving, even at the expense of another. Yet no sooner are the medics congratulating themselves in their decision, than they are confronted by Dubedat’s questionable morality. Meanwhile, their impoverished colleague Blenkinsop, the most worthy but least exceptional of the lot, reveals himself in dire need of treatment. Disturbingly funny and psychologically incisive, Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma takes on with an irreverent glee the dubious ethics of the men who play God.