Category Archives: Theater

Friday Finds 5

Here were some of our favorite discoveries on our recent trip to Paris. Many of our new finds were in the neighborhood of the Haut (Upper) Marais. I’ve spent lots of time in the Bas (Lower) Marais, but only just … Continue reading

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La folie douce

The Folies Bergère music hall in Paris staged its first musical review on November 30, 1886. While it’s still in business, its heyday was in the Jazz Age. It was originally planned as an opera house and opened as the … Continue reading

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Voir disparaître

This week, I went to the Kabuki : Costumes du théâtre japonais exhibit at the Fondation Pierre Hergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. It’s on until July 15, so you’ve still got a few days to check it out. Knowing … Continue reading

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Faux amis

Paris’ Opera Garnier is lit by a glorious crystal chandelier, designed by the architect Charles Garnier. The huge chandelier was criticized at the outset for potentially obstructing the view of the stage for those in the nose-bleed seats, as well … Continue reading

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Le trac, cela vient avec le talent

  French actress Sarah Bernhardt was probably born on October 23, 1844. Her real name was Rosine Bernardt. Her birth records were destroyed in a fire in 1871 during the Franco-Prussian War. When she was later put forward for a … Continue reading

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Se foutre en l’air

Charles Boyer, born August 28, 1899, appeared in more than 80 films and received 4 Academy Award nominations.  He got his start as a stage actor in Paris. Boyer’s film career picked up once sound film started, as his resonant voice … Continue reading

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Un faux frère

Thomas Corneille, born August 20, 1625, had the misfortune of being brother number two when brother number one was one of the most brilliant dramatists of the 17th century. Thomas also happened to be a dramatist, just like big brother … Continue reading

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Avoir le vent en poupe

Le Théâtre de la Huchette, 5 rue de la Huchette, just a block away from Notre Dame, has been offering the same play since 1957, Frano-Romanian Eugène Ionesco’s anti-play La Cantatrice Chauve (The Bald Soprano). I first came upon this … Continue reading

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À tout seigneur tout honneur

  Jean-Baptiste Pocquelin is better known as Molière. He died on February 17, 1673. Playwright and actor, he lived his life half a step ahead of his creditors, despite having been born into an affluent family and having attracted the attention … Continue reading

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