|Photo from Le Figaro: Read the full review here (in French): http://blog.lefigaro.fr/theatre/2009/09/lavare-au-francais-une-serenit.html|
The setting in the Salle Richelieu was pretty spectacular; it's not a huge theater and I'm betting that there isn't a bad seat in the house. I can't tell you for sure though because my seat couldn't have been better: 2nd row in the center of the first balcony. And it did give me kind of a chill realizing that Molière wrote the piece and performed the lead role himself with the same group of players; the building itself is a bit younger, dating from just after the French Revolution.
My French still isn't up to snuff for the theater but I was able to follow along with the sense of things even if I didn't get all the jokes. Some actors were certainly easier to understand than others! But even when I was losing track of the dialogue, I could still enjoy the marvelous set design, the costumes, and of course, lots of mugging by the actors. It is after all a comedy.
If you are in Paris, the production continues into January although many of the performances are already sold out.
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