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When the title of a new theater work includes an accent aigu, and the advertising highlights the fact that the story has been adapted from Colette, perhaps it’s unnecessary to underline any further the Frenchiness of the proceedings. But Martha Clarke’s Chéri goes for the whole Camembert. Naturally, the Paris flat where the drama is set has French doors and casement windows; also a breakfast table dressed with croissants, coffee, strawberries, a pomegranate, and a neatly folded copy of Le Monde. We get it. And in case we somehow don’t, Tina Howe (who provided the brief, mortifying text) imprints every other sentence with a “quelle horreur” or a “ça suffit,” like Louis Vuitton logos on a valise.An empty valise at that. Or perhaps I mean emptied. Chéri (1920) and Fin de Chéri (1926), the two Colette novels on which this production is based, are not classics for nothing. »
- Jesse Green
A new musical production of Gigi is coming to Broadway.
Created 40 years ago by Anita Loos, the musical is based on the well-known novel of the same name by French writer Colette and the Oscar-winning 1958 film that starred Leslie Caron. (Audrey Hepburn originally played the heroine in a popular 1951 play.) Loos’ musical didn’t last long when it originally opened in 1973; Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s music and lyrics won a Tony but the show closed after only 103 performances.
- Samantha Highfill
2 items from 2013
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