Venue Details

21 Star Starred
Historic Hoover Theater
Near the corner of Naglee Ave 1635 Park Ave. San Jose, CA 95126
408-535-4747
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Suzanne Tofte
Need more lighting from parking to Theater
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They sell water, soda and some snacks at the entrance. No intermission.
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Reviews & Ratings

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3.9 average rating
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12 events
4 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 26 2011

Great show. Very enthusiastic cast and a funny play. It is more in the spirit of Shakespearean comedy than in the spirit of the original play, but very cool.

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5 events
3 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 24 2011

Without a doubt, one of the best experiences I've had attending a theatrical event. Everything came together. The acting, the costuming, the music, the story. Few Bay Area theatres could come close.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jun 26 2011

each character added their own dynamic element to this show and it really made it a hilarious and extremely entertaining show. well casted and performed. Anything Shady Shakespeare puts on is well worth seeing. Don't sell yourself short. Go see...continued

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Website

http://www.shadyshakes.org/season/Imaginary_invalid.php

Description

Argan, an aging glam rocker, has everything – wealth, two lovely daughters, a beautiful second wife… and a bevy of imagined illnesses. Engaging several doctors to prescribe medications and treatments for his supposed afflictionsis besieged by imaginary ailments, Argan resents the mounting cost of his therapy, constantly looking for a way to save money.

He lands on a scheme to marry his oldest daughter to a medical student in a plan to obtain free doctor’s care. Unfortunately, his daughter, Angelique, is already in love with the handsome Cleante. Meanwhile, his second wife is scheming to have her stepdaughters disinherited. Will Argan send his daughter to a convent and spend the rest of his life (and the rest of his money) on worthless potions? Or will common sense and true love triumph? Find out as Shawn Andrei directs his new translation of this classic 17-century comedy.

“The influence of Molière’s plays can be found even today in TV sitcoms,” notes Larry Barrott, artistic director of the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company. “Invalid is a fun choice in a world filled with reality shows like The Osbournes and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The play echoes the late ’70s/early ’80s obsessions with wealth, excess, and big hair—not to mention musical revolution. It fits perfectly into a world of drugs, sex, and rock ’n’ roll.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company

Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company is committed to making Shakespeare accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and to building community through cultural participation.

Shady Shakespeare is operated entirely by volunteers whose duties include everything from set and costume production, to fundraising, to concession sales, and much more.