University Theatre presents ‘Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor’

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University Theatre presents ‘Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor’

Fresno State’s University Theatre will present “Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor” from March 11 to 19 (excluding March 14). Daily show times begin at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre in the Speech Arts building at Fresno State.

“Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor” is theatre for the people with a strong dose of anarchy. This comedy, adapted from the works of Michael Fields, Donald Forrest, Michele Linfante and Jael Weisman of the Dell’Arte Players, is directed and choreographed by theatre arts professor Ruth Griffin.

The clowning, farcical production follows a father (played by Fresno State student Ben Garcia) and daughter (played by Fresno State theatre arts major Karina Rodriguez) in the 1700s as the hypochondriac father uses his daughter to entice a doctor for free medical care, which two doctors subsequently bungle. The doctors are played by Fresno State theatre arts majors Jacob Sherwood and Kai Di Mino.

“The production is a New Vaudeville adaptation of Moliére’s farces aimed at doctors,” Griffin said. “’Malpractice’ incorporates El Doctore from Commedia Dell’Arte. This is a high-energy cocktail of physical comedy and wordplay that reflects our modern struggles related to the industrialization of medicine in the 21st century.”

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates, as well as partial-season subscriptions are available. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.

Parking is free for shows Friday through Sunday nights. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday, permits are required in parking lots on campus and are available by calling the box office at 559.278.2216.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.