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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Avignon Festival Forges Ahead, Despite Virus Restrictions by Laura Cappelle

The French theater festival’s Fringe offering is giving some respite from the pandemic, even as new rules to stop coronavirus transmission are making it harder to get to the shows.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

At the Avignon Festival, a Bleak Start by Laura Cappelle

Grief. Rising fascism. Utopias gone wrong. The plays were grim in the early days of the annual theater event in France.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

For Angélica Liddell, Each Performance is About Survival by Laura Cappelle

Angélica Liddell says she doesn’t care about looking good onstage. Instead, her visceral works give her catharsis that she says keeps her alive.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

In Paris, Brexit Takes to the Stage by Laura Cappelle

“Exit,” a new musical production, uses the political drama both as a metaphor and as a backdrop for a cross-continental love triangle.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Free of Protesters, Paris Theaters Reopen With Little Imagination by Laura Cappelle

After more than two months of occupation by arts workers, the Odéon Theater returned to business with a prepandemic production that feels out of step with the current moment.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

In This Trippy Family Drama, Trauma Runs Deep by Laura Cappelle

After two canceled Paris runs, a highly awaited production of Robert Walser’s “The Pond,” starring Adèle Haenel, finally made it to the stage in Switzerland.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Rediscovering France’s Early Female Playwrights by Laura Cappelle

A growing movement within French theater is reclaiming the work of forgotten female artists, and reviving a lost concept: le matrimoine.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Poems! Songs! Demands! It’s Not Theater, but It’s … Something by Laura Cappelle

Performing-arts protesters locked out by the pandemic have occupied playhouses across France, but drama is not allowed. Cue the “agoras.”

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Theater Review: 'Yellow' in the 'Sorrows of Belgium' Trilogy by Laura Cappelle

Theaters have been closed in Belgium since October. An on-camera production was born out of necessity, but its look at Nazi history offers a fascinating blend of theater and cinematography.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Protesters Occupy French Theaters, Demanding Reopening by Laura Cappelle and Alex Marshall

The pandemic is still raging, but arts workers in France want to know when cultural life can restart.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

With 'The Father,' Florian Zeller Pivots From Stage to Screen by Laura Cappelle

Florian Zeller has found success in the theater and as a novelist. Now, his first movie as a director is nominated for four Golden Globe Awards.

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When an Actor Calls With a Poem to Share by Laura Cappelle

A Paris playhouse has developed a program of one-on-one “consultations,” delivered by its artists while the theater is closed.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

With French Theaters Closed, Puppetry Takes Center Stage by Laura Cappelle

The art form, usually on the fringes of French theatrical culture, finds itself at a sudden advantage: Puppet shows’ young audiences are still allowed to watch live performances.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Basil Twist in Paris: When Puppets Meet Baroque Opera by Laura Cappelle

Before his directorial debut in France, with Mondonville’s “Titon et l’Aurore” at the Opéra Comique, the virtuoso puppeteer discussed the challenges of working in a pandemic.

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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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