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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Behind Closed Doors, Paris Theaters Carry On by Laura Cappelle

Rather than let finished productions go to waste in the locked-down city, exasperated artists are continuing with closed performances for others in the industry. If everyone’s “working,…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

With Paris Theaters Closed, Church Is the Only Show in Town by Laura Cappelle

Coronavirus restrictions have shut playhouses and concert halls. So our critic went to Mass to get her fix of music, choreography and drama.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Lockdowns Aren’t Funny. But You’ve Still Got to Laugh. by Laura Cappelle

In theaters before the second shutdown, and online once playhouses were closed, actors and comedians have tried to cheer up France.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

In Avignon, Snatching Theater From the Jaws of New Lockdowns by Laura Cappelle

Delayed from the summer, France’s biggest stage celebration was further curtailed as restrictions again hit the country. That made the moments of grace that were possible all the more powe…

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

In Paris, a Proust Adaptation for the Ages by Laura Cappelle

“The Guermantes Way” at the Comédie-Française sets contemporary concerns aside to carve out a place in the theater’s repertory.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Jérôme Bel: 'Dance is going through drastic change – we must stay in sync' by Laura Cappelle

When the choreographer decided to stop flying, it raised eyebrows. But a year and a pandemic later he has become a master at virtual rehearsals Jérôme Bel may be the only choreographer who…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

‘Hidden or Niche’ Productions Shine at Venice Theater Biennale by Laura Cappelle

This year’s edition of the festival, held under social distancing measures, is devoted to works made on a limited budget by under-the-radar Italian theater-makers.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Joy of Just Good Enough Theater by Laura Cappelle

Most plays aren’t masterpieces. As audiences emerge from lockdown and return to normal, there’s comfort in seeing a show that may not be great, but isn’t bad, either.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

In Europe’s Theaters, Outsiders Tread a Tricky Path by Laura Cappelle

The firing of the British artistic director of one of Paris’s most famous venues exposes fault lines between globalization and local tradition.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

In France, Live Theater Calls for Masked Actors and Creative Solutions by Laura Cappelle

The company Les Tréteaux de France has been meeting the challenges of social distancing with a variety of measures, including voice-overs and unusual settings.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Entering a Paris Theater, Warily, and Finding a Weight Lifted by Laura Cappelle

Audience members seemed to be asking one another, “Are we really doing this?” But the over-the-top physicality of “Ionesco Suite” was worth it.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Some of France’s Only Live Theater Right Now Is a Historical Affront by Laura Cappelle

A theme park’s whiz-bang performances are an odd mix of high-quality production values and one-dimensional storytelling. Historians have long disputed the narratives.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Cabaret in a Nursing Home, While France’s Theaters Are Closed by Laura Cappelle

The first professional production in France since stages went dark in March was a back-to-basics affair, but more memorable than many slick Paris shows.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ariane Mnouchkine: Half a Century Building Utopia by Laura Cappelle

Times have changed, but the revered French theater director has always stayed true to her beliefs.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Lot Has Changed in 50 Years, Off Paris Stages and On by Laura Cappelle

Our Paris theater critic looked though a new online archive to discover what was on offer for French theatergoers in 1970.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

As Stages Go Dark, Companies Stumble by Laura Cappelle

Several French theater companies, closed in the coronavirus outbreak, have rushed to put content online. Much of it is underwhelming.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

'I don't conform': backstage with the indomitable Isabelle Huppert by Laura Cappelle

The French star’s fearless performances – and work ethic – are the stuff of legend. In her dressing room, she talks about the pain of theatre, acting in English and #MeToo In 2005, day…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

With a 7-Hour Saga, Robert Lepage Returns to Safer Ground by Laura Cappelle

The Canadian director’s “The Seven Streams of the River Ota” is set for a world tour, after his most recent productions were embroiled in debates about cultural appropriation.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

These Women-Led Works Are the Right Plays at the Right Time by Laura Cappelle

France’s movie business is consumed by debates about gender inequality. Onstage, female theatermakers are bringing women’s stories to the fore.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Star Directors Pull Back the Curtain on How They Work by Laura Cappelle

Peter Brook and Thomas Ostermeier are presenting unfinished shows in Paris, offering a rare chance to see how their productions come together.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

A Hallowed French Company Takes on ‘Angels in America’ by Laura Cappelle

And elsewhere in Paris, smaller theaters take more radical cues from the L.G.B.T.Q. world.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Trigger Warnings as a Provocateur Puts Suicide Onstage by Laura Cappelle

Milo Rau’s latest work is inspired by a French family whose members took their own lives.

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Arnaud Desplechin: 'Theatre is for the bourgeois. Film is the art of rascals!' by Laura Cappelle

The revered film director vowed never to touch theatre. So why is he staging the great Aids epic Angels in America? Apparently, it’s all a misunderstanding Arnaud Desplechin looks surprisi…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

It's derriere you! A French critic gives her take on three madcap pantos by Laura Cappelle

Do you have to be British to get panto? We sent a French critic to three shows full of cross-dressing dames and adults playing cows. Will she ever forget the experience? Oh no she won’t! S…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

For Entertaining Musicals, Look No Further Than … Paris by Laura Cappelle

The genre has long been seen as minor in the French capital, but a string of English-language productions is creating a pleasingly upbeat dynamic.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Strange Plays for Strange Times by Laura Cappelle

Several French theater productions are putting dark spins on everyday events.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

In Characters Ancient and Contemporary, Women Discover Their Power Onstage by Laura Cappelle

In Paris, the mythological Greek character Electra can once again be found in a theater, while the heroine of a quirky new play is inspired by “Rocky III.”

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

‘Orlando’ Awkwardly Transitions to the Stage by Laura Cappelle

Kate Mitchell’s adaptation of the 1928 novel is consistently one step behind Virginia Woolf’s mercurial prose.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Paris Theater Reopens, With Acrobats and Stunts by Laura Cappelle

The long-awaited spectacle that relaunched the Théâtre du Châtelet was cheerful, but disappointing.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rewriting the Rules of Drag in Paris by Laura Cappelle

There is a cross-dressing show for everyone in the city, from traditional cabarets to RuPaul-inspired productions.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Venice Has a Biennale for Theater, Too by Laura Cappelle

Despite a history stretching to 1934, it feels like a David to the art exhibition’s Goliath. But its program is all the better for that.

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