By Alexa Benudiz, French-American Culture Expert, Theatre in Paris
But how about theatre in Paris? Is it different? What constitutes a good theatre experience in a city that is an open air theatre in its own right, and where theatre culture is such an essential part of life that there is not even a dedicated theatre district?
Seeing a play in NYC is no different than in Paris, in the sense that there are actors, a stage, a director, and that it’s an exciting experience. The biggest cultural difference lies in the spectators’ attitude.
For the French, theatre has traditionally occupied a large place in their culture. It has its firm place in the lives of locals, to be enjoyed frequently and without moderation in a casual, intimate and comfortable settings. And it is affordable. While ticket prices in the U.S. can easily exceed 100 dollars, tickets in Paris range from only 35 to 40 euros. It is pretty unlikely for someone in New York or LA to find a ticket for that beautiful price!