Lets travel back in time to this very day in 1643 when our beloved Molière's sensational troupe "L'illustre Théâtre" was born right here in Paris! We may not be able to see them in their glory anymore, but Comédie-Française legend Francis Perrin brings the troupe to life in his newest play Molière In Spite Of Myself He dishes all about Molière's friends, enemies, and troupe members, including his sultry lover, and famous actress at the time, Madeleine Béjart! What a wild #throwbackthursday !
Did you know that Molière's father was embarrassed that his son chose an acting career? Imagine what he'd think now! Perrin also details why Molière is considered one of fathers of Western comedy. And in the very same venue as Perrin's show, a more contemporary comedy had a very successful Opening Night with us yesterday: Addition ! This play stars the hilarious Sebastien Castro and is running at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse. The plot: a disastrous weekend getaway and the consequences of letting money come between friends. We are sure that the one and only Molière would adore it if he could see it today! There's even a character in "Addition" that strongly resembles his Dom Juan
We are flying to Festival d'Avignon for today’s Wardrobe Wednesday. If the set design fits, wear it! When we see a marvellous mise en scène we just have to rave about it!
Nevermore! Oh look, we have a Raven flying in on this #tennesseetuesday, in the person of Edgar Allen Poe! The famous Baltimoron (although the Bostonians also proudly claim him for themselves) grew up in an art household, seeing as his two parents were actors. Imagine the creativity! Poe is considered to be the inventor of detective fiction and helped shape the emerging science fiction genre. But he shared the fate of so many brilliant writers when his poem The Raven was rejected... and by a friend no less. Luckily another publisher was smarter and swooped it up for a whopping $9.
We are always so happy to hear from our guests! After seeing Molière In Spite Of Myself, one of our guests left a wonderful review on TripAdvisor that captures the essence of their experience with Theatre in Paris. Thanks so much! Take a look!
"Imagine yourself sitting in a grand Parisian theater, opened in 1868, with the famous artists and writers of the time, enjoying "Cafe-Concerts"...
This is an innovative enterprise started by a team that seeks to bring French theater to non-French speakers. The plays take place in various historic theaters around Paris, with English subtitles provided. This gives the visitor a chance to experience not only French theater, but the uniqueness of each different venue."
Check out the rest of the review here!
Naturally we just have to use today's TBT to gush about the most famous French classic Cyrano de Bergerac and its loveable (albeit funny-looking) héro! Last year, Theatre in Paris was simply delighted to translate the play for our dedicated English speaking audience, and it will soon be back in town!
Don't be a tourist.