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Review: Shakespeare at the Comédie Francaise

Spectacular ghosts, gorillas, gender confusion, tragic love and rowdy jokes with sexual innuendos drive three new Shakespeare productions in Paris.
7 Jan 2019

Theatre Review: Lucrèce Borgia at The Comédie Française

Patricia Boccadoro on Victor Hugo's melodramatic play about a ruthless femme fatale whose very name struck horror in the hearts of all around her --- with costumes by Christian Lacroix.

Philippe Decouflé’s 'Contact'

Patricia Boccadoro on Decouflé’s latest musical comedy.

Video Game Review: Journey

Why has 'Journey' become one of the most downloaded video game titles for Playstation 3?

Theatre Review: Molière on Wives Who Cheat

The great French dramatist's hilarious but unflinching play about a woman's place and female infidelity returns to the Comédie-Française.

Theatre Review: A Weekend With Pablo Picasso

Herbert Siguenza, the 30-year theatre veteran who pioneered the use of sketch comedy to illuminate the complex ethnic relationships of America’s cities, presents his unique vision of Pablo Picasso.

The Power of Yes at the Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

David Hare’s latest play attempts — and fails — to compellingly dramatize the events leading to the near collapse of the global financial system.

Whisper House: Murmurs of Something Great

All the ingredients are there, but before Whisper House can find success, some serious tinkering with the recipe is needed.

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2002 Avignon Festival: A Return to Innovation

France's Avignon festival is France's oldest theatre festival, founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar. In 1993, Bernard Faivre d'Arcier returned to Avignon as director of the Festival d'Avignon.

CD Reviews: McAlmont, The Beautiful South, Mercury Rev, Fatboy Slim, Manic Street Preachers

Reviews of McAlmont (A Little Communication), The Beautiful South (Quench), Mercury Rev (Deserter's Songs), Fatboy Slim (You've Come a Long Way, Baby), Manic Street Preachers (This is My Truth, Tell Me Yours)

Compagnia Pippo Delbono: Gente di Plastica

Worshipped or despised, Italian theatre director Pippo Delbono and his troupe rarely leave an audience indifferent to their particular brand of contemporary theatre. In Paris during the month of December, Patricia Boccadoro reviews the Italian company's production, 'Gente di plastica' (Plastic People).
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