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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Molière, Turning 400, Can Still Surprise by Laura Cappelle

In an anniversary year for the playwright, new productions in the Paris region show why his work still appeals to myriad audiences.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Édouard Louis, Miserable in the Spotlight by Laura Cappelle

The French writer played himself onstage and hated the experience, according to a new work he developed with the Swiss director Milo Rau. This time around, there’s an actor in the role.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

An Arts Festival With Hardly a Stage in Sight by Laura Cappelle

Performance venues at this year’s Kunstenfestivaldesarts, in Brussels, include a disused museum and the upper house of Belgium’s Parliament.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Younger Than It Looks, but No More Diverse: France’s Top Theater Prize by Laura Cappelle

At the Molières, France’s equivalent of the Tony Awards, commercial and publicly funded productions seem to inhabit different worlds.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Bringing Consent to Ballet, One Intimacy Workshop at a Time by Laura Cappelle

Touch is a requirement of a dancer’s job. Now when choreography involves simulated sex or violence, some companies are bringing in intimacy directors.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

A Director Returns (Uncomfortably) to His Working-Class Roots by Laura Cappelle

Christophe Honoré’s latest work, for the Paris stage, is part of a recent wave of stories in France about the complex aftereffects of social mobility.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Onstage, the French Election Is a Landslide Win for Cynicism by Laura Cappelle

As the presidential vote approaches, theaters and comedy venues are addressing the campaign. Many shows reach a similar conclusion: Don’t trust politicians.

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

This Play Is Touring Europe. But No One’s Going Anywhere. by Laura Cappelle

How can theaters adapt to prevent climate change? The British director Katie Mitchell and a Swiss playhouse have developed a new model for taking a production on the road.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Monica Bellucci: ‘If your work is just about beauty, you won’t last five minutes’ by Laura Cappelle

She studied law, became a model, and then starred in everything from arthouse films to blockbusters. Now the multilingual Italian actor is overcoming a lifetime of stage fright to play opera…

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Looking Straight at the Struggles of Old Age by Laura Cappelle

In two Paris theater productions, there’s no sugarcoating the physical decline that comes at the end of a long life.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Alexander Zeldin: ‘We need to find a way to talk about things we don’t want to see’ by Laura Cappelle

The playwright found acclaim with works about the devastation caused by austerity. He returns with a drama exploring the realities of ageing There is one no-no in an Alexander Zeldin rehears…

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Monday, January 31, 2022

‘I know what anxiety is. And guilt’: Florian Zeller on his nightmarish new play by Laura Cappelle

The French prodigy, who won an Oscar for The Father, talks about The Forest, his labyrinthine new drama following a man whose life unravels after an affair Florian Zeller has made a speciali…

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Martyrs, Converts and Pious Frauds: Religion Takes Center Stage by Laura Cappelle

Three Paris productions — including Ivo van Hove’s take on “Tartuffe” at the Comédie-Française — explore questions of the divine.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Review: A Skilled Ballet Leader Creates a Messy ‘Raymonda’ by Laura Cappelle

Tamara Rojo, San Francisco Ballet’s incoming artistic director, has half updated the 19th-century work for English National Ballet.

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Paris’s ‘House of Molière’ wishes happy 400th birthday to French theatre legend by Laura Cappelle

The Comédie-Française is celebrating the 17th-century dramatist by recreating Tartuffe, the play that outraged the Catholic church and almost ended his career French theatre is gearing up …

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

‘Emily in Paris’ Isn’t the Only Clichéd Show in This Town by Laura Cappelle

Netflix doesn’t qualify as a solo offender when it comes to Gallic stereotypes, as three musical theater works on the city’s stages show.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2021 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Wajdi Mouawad's 'Mother': Was It Worth It? by Laura Cappelle

By asking the singer Bertrand Cantat to contribute to his latest show, the director Wajdi Mouawad has overshadowed his own production.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

At 80, Robert Wilson Holds On to a Singular Vision for the Stage by Laura Cappelle

Slowed but not stopped by the pandemic, Wilson has had a busy fall that continues with his production of “Turandot” at the Paris Opera.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

On Paris Stages, Black Directors Forge a New Course by Laura Cappelle

Representation for dramatic artists of color is improving, but few Black creators get to be their own bosses. Two recent productions show what France’s mainstream theater is missing.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Moment of Death, Live Onstage by Laura Cappelle

The Swiss provocateur Milo Rau’s latest work explores the ethics of voluntary euthanasia with real footage of an assisted suicide.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

He Speaks Theater’s Language (and Many Others, Too) by Laura Cappelle

Tiago Rodrigues, the newly appointed director of the Avignon Festival, will make his American debut, in English, with a work he has also performed in French, Greek, Portuguese, Russian and S…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Young Women Set the Tone for a Paris Theater Season by Laura Cappelle

The directors staging the most ambitious premieres are all female millennials.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

‘Andy,’ Gus Van Sant’s Warhol Musical, Is a Surprise but Not a Miracle by Laura Cappelle

The film director set himself a steep challenge in his debut stage work. At least for now, he hasn’t quite met it.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

This Theater Brings Nature Right Into the Drama by Laura Cappelle

A lush forest makes a spectacular backdrop for the stage of the Théâtre du Peuple, in western France.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Finding a New Theater Audience, Far From France’s Cities by Laura Cappelle

In rural gardens, forests and public squares, young stage artists fed up with the country’s rigid scene are striving for diversity and spontaneity.

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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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