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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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Oona Doherty: 'I’m so blessed, but I don’t have a clue what’s going on' by Laura Cappelle

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…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

At Avignon Festival, Competition Comes From the Fringe by Laura Cappelle

An underwhelming official lineup led many festivalgoers to branch out into the less well-known complimentary program.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Putting ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Onstage by Laura Cappelle

Two adaptations of works by the writer Marguerite Duras are playing as one-woman shows in Paris.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

'People think it's a nest of vipers!' Inside the illustrious Comédie-Française by Laura Cappelle

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…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

A French Festival Where the Actor Is King by Laura Cappelle

The Printemps des Comédiens festival features productions uniquely crafted for, and occasionally by, their performers.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

What Does It Take for a Woman to Be Labeled Mad? Onstage, Not Much. by Laura Cappelle

Tales of women losing their grip on reality don’t exist in a void. They fit into broader cultural narratives.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Theater Review: Forget ‘Game of Thrones.’ No One Does Violence Like Euripides. by Laura Cappelle

Two productions in Paris with their roots in the Greek playwright’s works explore the nature of human brutality. But without any CGI effects.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Theater Review: Onstage in Paris, Two Directors Overreach by Laura Cappelle

Simon Stone and Stanislas Nordey present productions in which their ambitions get the better of them.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Orgies, revenge, sex on a coffin: Australia's Dangerous Liaisons sizzles by Laura Cappelle

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…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Alexis Michalik: golden boy of French theatre with a nose for a hit by Laura Cappelle

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…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Onstage in France: Spanish Takes on Sex, Violence and Social Change by Laura Cappelle

The annual Reims Scènes d’Europe festival showcases contemporary creation from around Europe. This year, it is focused on emerging artists from Spain.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Theater Review: On Paris Stages, Gay Artists Look Back by Laura Cappelle

A new theatrical work by Christophe Honoré and an adaptation of a novel by Didier Eribon see prominent French gay artists reclaim their origins with striking honesty.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

'We kept the trauma to ourselves': Christophe Honoré on the idols lost to Aids by Laura Cappelle

The French writer-director talks about his highly personal new show, a ‘dance of the dead’ that pays tribute to artistic heroes including Jacques DemyDirector Christophe Honoré still lo…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2018 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

Our three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey for the festive season.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: In Robert Lepage’s ‘Kanata,’ the Director, Too, Plays the Victim by Laura Cappelle

The Canadian stage director has seen some of his productions derailed by accusations of cultural insensitivity. In a new show in Paris, he can’t resist pointing to his own suffering.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Theater Review: If You Don’t Know Your Noh From Your Kabuki, You Can Still Enjoy Japanese Theater by Laura Cappelle

The “Japonismes 2018” season in Paris offers an intriguing, if occasionally puzzling, window onto Japan’s rich theater scene.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Theater Review: A New Theater Opens in Paris. Another Faces Closure. by Laura Cappelle

La Scala Paris opened with a production in which the playwright Yasmina Reza also acts. But a theater focused on new writing in French from abroad faces an uncertain future.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

La Bayadère review – Ratmansky returns orientalist fantasy to its roots by Laura Cappelle

Staatsoper Unter den Linden, BerlinAlexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Marius Petipa’s problematic ballet raises an uncomfortable questionA quiet revolution has been under way in the ba…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Theater Review: In Paris, Justice Takes Center Stage by Laura Cappelle

Justice — its rhetoric and its travails — is at the heart of several new theater productions in Paris.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Sex, sheep and terror: the scandalous theatre of Milo Rau by Laura Cappelle

He has put an Isis fighter’s mother in the Ghent Altarpiece and restaged a murder. Now the Swiss director plans to get radicalWhen Milo Rau first saw the Ghent Altarpiece, one detail leapt…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

THEATER REVIEW: Two European Favorites Take to the Paris Stage by Laura Cappelle

Thomas Ostermeier and Krystian Lupa present works at the city’s major playhouses at the beginning of a new theater season.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

THEATER REVIEW: At This Circus Festival, the Highflying Meets the Highbrow by Laura Cappelle

Prague’s Letni Letna shows that circus, once dismissed as lowbrow entertainment, can be as potent as any performance genre.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Paris Theater: Paris Cabarets: Can We Ask for More Than the Cancan? by Laura Cappelle

Many visitors to Paris take in a cabaret. But it gives them a strange view of the city, women and what theater is, our critic says.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

At Avignon Festival, Lots of Imagination on Show, but Few Women by Laura Cappelle

Despite some eye-catching dramatics, the paucity of female directors and protagonists at the most important event in the French theater calendar sticks out.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

A Transgender Director Who Defies Genres (to France’s Confusion) by Laura Cappelle

Phia Ménard’s work perplexes show programmers and audiences alike. Her latest production will have its premiere at the prestigious Avignon theater festival in France.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Paris Theater: Molière the Entertainer vs. Serious Molière by Laura Cappelle

Contrasting approaches to France’s national playwright have been on view this month.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rage Takes the Stage in France by Laura Cappelle

Two plays in Paris deal with angry and violent themes. But only one is a success.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

France’s Theaters Grapple With the Legacy of May ’68 by Laura Cappelle

Paris is full of exhibitions and talks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the student uprising. But the theater world’s contribution has been remarkably subdued.

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