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Un fil à la patte, Georges Feydeau

March 21, 2014
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Since I have a subscription at the Comédie francaise, I went to see several plays. I am always more and more admiring about this beautiful place. Indeed, since the XVIIth century, the Comédie francaise has offered an absolute moment of art and sensation. On the one hand, the spectator feels overwhelmed and impressed by the massive ceiling lit by a chandelier. But on the other hand, we feel close to the actors, as if we were a family. This impression of taking part in the play is made thanks to the disposition of the seats. In fact, anywhere you are, you can see and hear the representation very well.

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Since I have a subscription at the Comédie francaise, I went to see several plays. I am always more and more admiring about this beautiful place. Indeed, since the XVIIth century, the Comédie francaise has offered an absolute moment of art and sensation. On the one hand, the spectator feels overwhelmed and impressed by the massive ceiling lit by a chandelier. But on the other hand, we feel close to the actors, as if we were a family. This impression of taking part in the play is made thanks to the disposition of the seats. In fact, anywhere you are, you can see and hear the representation very well.

In brief, the Comédie francaise is, for me, an oasis of peace and passion where you can enjoy a real moments of liveliness. Indeed, it proposes a great selection of plays and gathers many different theatrical styles such as comedy, tragedy or even absurd.

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Last month, I went to see Un fil à la patte written by George Feydeau and directed by Jêrome Deschamps in the salle Richelieu. It is a light comedy relating how a man, M. Bois d’Enghein, tries to clear Lucette Gautier, his mistress, so as to marry a wealthy heir, daughter of a baroness. Unfortunatly, Lucette is hired by the baroness to sing during the wedding of her daughter, that is to say M. Bois d’Enghein’s wedding too. The problem at stake is that the future husband didn’t tell his mistress about his wedding. Consequently, he tries to hide his secret liaison and avoid the contact between his two partners. We have to add to this complicated plot a great number of characters high in colour : Bouzin, a crummy notary and bad composer, Irriga, a dashing general who is madly in love with Lucette and Viviane, the future bride who wishes her husband to be a fervent seducer. There are also a lot of valets, required for a vaudeville like this one.  Each one of them brings a different stance of the play and an original way of acting.

Indeed, the performance of the actors was unbelievable. They gathered such energy and the dialogues were so cleverly funny that the public was always laughing; some even had a fit of giggles!  It seems that we were invited to exchange with them and identify ourselves with the characters.

Moreover, the staging was unusual : at the end of the play the director breaks the theatrical illusion by making the actors avoid doors instead of stepping through them. Consequently, the audience is surprised but, if you ask me, I enjoyed this taking liberty with the traditional staging.

I left the theatre with a great smile on my face : George Feydeau and the Comédie Française illuminated my week-end. Quick, I must buy tickets for the next play!

In brief, the Comédie francaise is, for me, an oasis of peace and passion where you can enjoy a real moments of liveliness. Indeed, it proposes a great selection of plays and gathers many different theatrical styles such as comedy, tragedy or even absurd.

Last month, I went to see Un fil à la patte written by George Feydeau and directed by Jêrome Deschamps in the salle Richelieu. It is a light comedy relating how a man, M. Bois d’Enghein, tries to clear Lucette Gautier, his mistress, so as to marry a wealthy heir, daughter of a baroness. Unfortunatly, Lucette is hired by the baroness to sing during the wedding of her daughter, that is to say M. Bois d’Enghein’s wedding too. The problem at stake is that the future husband didn’t tell his mistress about his wedding. Consequently, he tries to hide his secret liaison and avoid the contact between his two partners. We have to add to this complicated plot a great number of characters high in colour : Bouzin, a crummy notary and bad composer, Irriga, a dashing general who is madly in love with Lucette and Viviane, the future bride who wishes her husband to be a fervent seducer. There are also a lot of valets, required for a vaudeville like this one.  Each one of them brings a different stance of the play and an original way of acting.

Indeed, the performance of the actors was unbelievable. They gathered such energy and the dialogues were so cleverly funny that the public was always laughing; some even had a fit of giggles!  It seems that we were invited to exchange with them and identify ourselves with the characters.

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Moreover, the staging was unusual : at the end of the play the director breaks the theatrical illusion by making the actors avoid doors instead of stepping through them. Consequently, the audience is surprised but, if you ask me, I enjoyed this taking liberty with the traditional staging.

I left the theatre with a great smile on my face : George Feydeau and the Comédie Française illuminated my week-end. Quick, I must buy tickets for the next play!

Ornella

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