The Hypochondriacs’ Club at the Slovak Theatre
Hypochondriacs Club - a hilarious comedy that has enjoyed unflagging popularity for ten years. The author is the Polish playwright Magdalena Wołłejko, hiding under the British pseudonym Meggie W. Wrightt. Now, Slovak artists have reached for the text and the text appeared in the Theater in Nowa Wieś. We'll see if it catch the the foreign audience.
There is a common opinion that middle-aged men sometimes simply lose their minds. Looking at the behaviour of three friends: the distinguished homosexual Leo, a ladies' man Tom and Ken, who's going through various tribulations with his ex-wife, one can conclude that men in their prime come from a very extravagant planet.
The titular hypochondriacs meet to celebrate the birthday of one of them. One of their "entertainments" is to study the atlas of diseases. Each of them finds symptoms that are supposed to be fatal. Boasting who suffers more and who dies the fastest makes the atmosphere hotter. But the men's party turns into a night they will never forget. Ken's ex-wife, Pam, appears at the apartment door. Later, Pam's lover, a plastic surgeon named Vito, Ben, Leo's former partner, and young Gina, Tom's heavily pregnant lover and at the same time, the daughter of the possessive Vito, appear. The various mechanisms of qui pro quo, verbal and situational jokes, skillful gradation of the dramaturgy and skillfully woven sensational plot make this play a great, energetic farce, as evidenced by its presence in the repertoire of the Syrena Theatre for over a decade. Hope it will have a long-lasting career abroad as well.