A Doctor in Spite of Himself

“The clown is the most expressive of all creatures,” writes Christopher Bayes on his Web site, “and is most at home in the midst of gleeful pandemonium.” One can reasonably assume, then, that he means to create some serious havoc for the head fool of his new production (co-adapted with playwright Steven Epp) of Molière’s A Doctor in Spite of Himself. Bayes previously provided the movement and choreography for Broadway’s manic Hitchcock tour-de-farce The 39 Steps, which visited Seattle last fall. And the Yale-based director has a strong past record with Intiman, having assisted Bartlett Sher’s genuinely raucous and reverent The Servant of Two Masters in 2001 and helming his own engaging take on Molière’s Scapin a year later. The guy respects shtick and believes that “we must try valiantly to give the theater back to the curious, inspired and virtuosic actor.” Enter Daniel Breaker, who’ll take the lead in Doctor—a rascal whose vengeful wife forces to him to pretend he’s a brilliant physician—and who should be able to firmly hold the center of gleeful pandemonium. He won a Tony nomination in 2008 for his energetic supporting turn as the younger, thinner version of musician Stew in Passing Strange. Hey, you try not getting lost in the shuffle of a show starring someone named Stew. STEVE WIECKING Also see Margaret Friedman's article, and her review.

Fri., Sept. 3, 8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 3. Continues through Oct. 10, 2010

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