Folles Époques

Wild Times in Meaux

May 25, 2022 | By Heidi Ellison

Last week, I was introduced to an element of French culture that had completely escaped me until now: a summer historical pageant. This one takes place in Meaux, a small city northeast of Paris, but I have since discovered that … Read More


Back to the Roots of Racine

January 15, 2020 | By Nick Hammond

Jean Racine’s first major theatrical success, Andromaque, has been much on my mind in recent months, as a book of essays on the play that I co-edited was published recently. It was, therefore, a particular delight to be able to … Read More

Funny Girl

Fanny Brice Revisited

November 20, 2019 | By Heidi Ellison

Until recently, musical comedies were unheard of in France, but now that the Parisians have taken to them like showgirls to glitter, American musical comedies are popping up all over the place. Americans in Paris will open at the Théâtre … Read More


Soviet Time Warp in the Heart of Paris

January 30, 2019 | By Heidi Ellison

Although I had read plenty of articles about it before I went, I was still mystified and had no idea what to expect from DAU (pronounced da-o), the sprawling immersive-theater/film/installation project of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, which is being held in … Read More

Le Penseur

Thinking Out Loud: Rodin Revealed

November 8, 2017 | By Randy Weddle

In “Le Penseur,” a one-man show focusing on the character and work of sculptor Auguste Rodin, we can see a clear parallel between Rodin’s passion for creating art and author, director and actor Jean-Baptiste Seckler’s passion for this play, now … Read More

West Side Story

Finger-Snappin' Good

October 25, 2017 | By Heidi Ellison

The French have belatedly fallen in love with a foreigner: the American musical. Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet has been specializing in the genre (although that may change under its new directors, Ruth Mackenzie and Thomas Lorio Di Prevot), and the brand … Read More