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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.
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.
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.
Times have changed, but the revered French theater director has always stayed true to her beliefs.
Our Paris theater critic looked though a new online archive to discover what was on offer for French theatergoers in 1970.
Several French theater companies, closed in the coronavirus outbreak, have rushed to put content online. Much of it is underwhelming.
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…
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.
France’s movie business is consumed by debates about gender inequality. Onstage, female theatermakers are bringing women’s stories to the fore.
Peter Brook and Thomas Ostermeier are presenting unfinished shows in Paris, offering a rare chance to see how their productions come together.
And elsewhere in Paris, smaller theaters take more radical cues from the L.G.B.T.Q. world.
Milo Rau’s latest work is inspired by a French family whose members took their own lives.
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…
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!
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.
Several French theater productions are putting dark spins on everyday events.
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.”
Kate Mitchell’s adaptation of the 1928 novel is consistently one step behind Virginia Woolf’s mercurial prose.
The long-awaited spectacle that relaunched the Théâtre du Châtelet was cheerful, but disappointing.
There is a cross-dressing show for everyone in the city, from traditional cabarets to RuPaul-inspired productions.
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.
The Northern-Irish choreographer’s raw and powerful work examines gender, identity and religion, but it all happens by accident, she says.
Oona Doherty is finding out about the law of unin…
An underwhelming official lineup led many festivalgoers to branch out into the less well-known complimentary program.
Two adaptations of works by the writer Marguerite Duras are playing as one-woman shows in Paris.
The Parisian theatre company is on a rare visit to the UK with Ivo van Hove’s The Damned. What are the secrets of the world’s oldest active troupe?
Companies like nothing more than to re…
The Printemps des Comédiens festival features productions uniquely crafted for, and occasionally by, their performers.
Tales of women losing their grip on reality don’t exist in a void. They fit into broader cultural narratives.
Two productions in Paris with their roots in the Greek playwright’s works explore the nature of human brutality. But without any CGI effects.
Simon Stone and Stanislas Nordey present productions in which their ambitions get the better of them.
Liam Scarlett’s raunchy staging of the novel for Queensland Ballet is partly a response to its distance from London, he says
It’s not often you see sex on top of a coffin on stage, but t…
The actor turned playwright is taking his work to the UK for the first time. He talks about his Shakespeare in Love-style comedy riffing on Cyrano de Bergerac
Alexis Michalik has much in com…