In Paris – a musical and a comedy are playing this summer


Two Plays in Paris this Summer


by Jane Rosenstein and Didier Lambert

Operetta –  an Unusal Musical

Operetta 2@Toni Leon


 Another journalist from VT , Francisca Grnupp, went with us  to see very unusual musical,  “Operetta” , directed by Jordi Purti and having  the musical driector of David Costa . It was presented at Theatre Antoine.   With mime,  fabulous guestures and dance 25 young  Spanish singers interpret some famous excerpts from operas by Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Mozart,  Wagner, Saint -Saens Murssorgsky and Offenback.  The actors and actresses  play comedy in an usual way mixing opera and general theatre.

We sat  with a young actress from Barcelona who came to see her friend in the production. She told us that she saw “Operetta¨in Barcelona before it came to Paris.   “Operetta “was nominated for Premois Max in Spain, an award similar to the Molières in France; It was a big success in the festival  ¨Avignon Off¨in  Avignon, France in 2012.   The muscial appeals to  all whether or not they speak French. It was thrilling to experience the fast paced energy of these singers and dancers.   We left the theatre feeling happy.


                            Et si on parlait  Marriage – a French comedy by Feydou


In an usual venue, Théâtre Blancs Manteaux located in a chique area of Paris le Marais;, we saw another of Feydeau’s plays. After enjoying  ¨ S’Ocuppe Toi de Amélie¨ by Feydou and ¨ Le Dindon¨¨ by Feydeau we decided to see two short plays he wrote called ¨ Et si on parlait Mariage¨ ( Speaking  about marriage); Théâtre Blancs Manteaux is a theatre which is unique-  a place where actors and actresses are discovered. The théâtre runs the plays for about  three to six months. Over 50,000 persons attended last year.

We desended into a theatre, situated in a cellar with  seating for 100 people- a  very pleasing venue where  six  French comedians from the theatre group Apocope  presented two  short comedies  by Feydeau. We joined the audience in many laughs about lovers seeking to get married. To appreciate this play, it is necessary to  understand French.    Attendess for this production  were  offered  special prices of 10 Euros to return to see  this play or other plays at  Théâtre Blancs Manteaux.

Author Details
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
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