I don’t know if you’ve ever been to see a show in London;
-if yes, pretty amazing isn’t it? I think the English have a special way to care about performing, it feels like they take you to another world with all the decor and the music and the singing and the acting etc etc. Bref, it’s always impressive.
-if not, do so because of the reasons mentioned above.
The Broadway influence has just started to hit Paris but it’s still taking it slow. The French are very “casaniers”, they don’t like change so much but I’m sure musicals will make their way.
The Parisian show life is mainly about one-man shows and plays which I enjoy very much! I believe that even if it isn’t as bombastic as Londoners’ nights out, it has a very historical, traditional feature. Indeed, one-man shows are meant to be funny (captain Duh!) and the French ones are because they concretize as well as stereotype our dear country’s state of mind: we like to judge other cultures, complain about everything, never be statisfied with what we have and you know the rest. And when it comes to plays, at least that’s what I feel like, there is some kind of theatrical tradition that remains accessible to people: you still go see the classical plays by Moliere or Racine that Louis XIV himself attended! And you also have more recent ones of course, but what I like about that is that you feel like diving, not in the world of performance, but in the world of another period of time because, yes the staging can always modernize and actualize an oeuvre, but keeping its spirit really opens you the doors of time.
That’s why I love going to the Comedie Francaise :D I know someone who works there, and I care about her very much because I wouldn’t speak English the way I do todays if it weren’t for her; she can sometimes get me invites or cheaper tickets and I was able to take friends, and my boyfriend, to that former vintage and prestigeous theater this year. And so last Wednesday, I took my girl friend Alix, who’s finally back from Canada, to go see Un Fil a la Patte by George Feydeau – we had already seen his Puce a l’Oreille in London at the Old Vic two years ago so we were very excited.
Un Fil a la Patte is a classic vaudeville about a bourgeois who wants to get rid of his mistress before getting married, not knowing she’s supposed to sing at the party thrown for his contract signature, and still doesn’t know how even when the contract signature comes.
It was as expected hilarious, and I was very moved by the acting. I thought most of the actors contributed to the setting-up of their own characters and showed them in a very personalized light; Christian Hecq who plays Bouzin is the star of the show. They have staged the play for three years now and I wouldn’t be surprise if they still did next year!
Alix and I were incredibly seated, in the Orchestre, five rows from the stage in the Salle Richelieu; there was an entr’acte so we visited the place which was renovated this year. It is absolutely beautiful, pop on one of those baroque dresses and you could play your own Marie-Antoinette in such a historical venue! (I’m a big fan of Marie-Antoinette, even if she gambled a lot)
When the play was over, the audience applauded for at least 8 minutes! We got out of the theater, it was still hot outside: a real summer night!
I really want to enjoy my last days in Paris and it was an AWESOOOOME night!