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Molière’s journey offers us an extraordinary adventure in 1656, in the heart of the Illustre Théâtre de Molière’s troupe.

Molière’s journey makes us live the adventures of a theater troupe, and not just any! In fact, while Molière is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, Pierre-Olivier Scotto and Jean-Philippe Daguerre found a great way to celebrate the event!

Leo is a young man from XXIth century, a medical student but who dreams of being an actor. While struggling to audition for a role in Amorous despite, he faints and faints. When he opens his eyes, his reality is no longer quite the same … Because it was in 1656 that he found himselfright in the middle of the group of Molière that he honors!

A fabulous walk down memory lane

First surprised and then admiring, Leo’s enthusiasm seduces the squad who decides to hire him. Yes, but like what? Because it’s already done! No matter, he will be a perfect groom, cook, prop man, driver and English teacher! Even though it is quickly on the boards that talented young man will find a place …

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That’s ten years ago these mountain banks roam the roads. But the arrival of the plague threatens them. Take effect, comedy performances are prohibited Where they are. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin must then raise the challenge of writing a play in alexandrines in a few days while Madeleine Béjart and Marquise Du Parc will have to use their talent and charm to try to appease the bishop and lift the ban.

A whirlwind of energy

The play begins very strongly and we are immediately caught off guard the crazy energy that drives this squad to the rhythm of lively violin and cello melodies. Our eyes sparkle in front of this common joy, this honest camaraderie, this passion for the theater and this incessant and galvanizing agitation. Pierre-Olivier Scotto & Jean-Philippe Daguerre immerse us in the very essence of theater and immerse ourselves in this time.

The arrival of a character from the 21stth century in 1656 gave rise to fun exchanges. Because the references of Léo – if accomplices we become Is obviously largely unknown to these artists who belong a completely different reality.

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Thereby, we laugh in front of their confused air when Léo evokes Place de la République, Comédie Française, Louis Jouvet, the Beatles or even the Parisian “studios”! We also enjoy this English course – or rather English! – from the song Hi jew of the Beatles, a group that of course still does not exist! And we’ll be moved when the charm works between Léo and Marquise, but that he refrains from letting this relationship be born, knowing of the future that awaits the young woman.

An inspiring story …

As a regular at the festival, Jean-Philippe Daguerre, who also directs many other shows in this 2022 edition – including Adieu Monsieur Haffmann, Le petit coiffure and Les vivants – enchants us again with his talent, which he connects here with that of Pierre-Olivier Scotto, which we owe Over there, on the other side of the water. This evolving decor with its circular hill, which rotates on the wheels is absolutely beautiful and gives us an eternal impression of movement.

The story is gripping. We are fascinated by this double intrigue, namely: how does Molière’s famous troupe emerge from this bad situation, and what will be the result of this adventure for Léo, who belongs to another space time? Everything is perfectly connected, fluid and wonderfully played of these eight actors in the troupe Babushka’s attic whose commitment and enjoyment of playing together transcends their roles.

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We especially want to keep the charming performance of Geoffrey Palisseexcellent in this role as Leo, while Stéphane Dauch embodies a charismatic Molière. Violet Erhartwhose talent for instruction we had already identified thanks to the play Oleanna, here too reveals that of the actress and violinist.

… Is running out of steam

With such an exciting introduction, necessarily the slightest decrease in pace is felt immediately. It’s a bit like fireworks starting with the grand finale. The sequel, however beautiful it may be, leaves us a little frustrated such strong feelings provided in the first moments.

And that’s what’s happening with Le voyage de Molière. The fabric gradually goes over the mold, which becomes a little more monotonous. No doubt it would have been necessary better distribute the shower torques so that the room sparkles everywhere and that the memorable memory after the first half hour does not fade.

Not enough to fall into oblivion or ruin the fun, of course. Because Molière’s journey welcomes us very nice theater. And you come out fresh.

Belles de Scène, by Pierre-Olivier Scotto & Jean-Philippe Daguerre, with Grégoire Bourbier, Stéphane Dauch, Violette Erhart, Mathilde Hennekinne, Charlotte Matzneff, Teddy Melis, Geoffrey Palisse & Charlotte Ruby, directed by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, played from 7 to July 30 at 12.35 in Théâtre du Chien qui fume (canceled on Tuesday).

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Happy and whirling!

This original play cleverly mixes classical and contemporary theater. Inspired by the life of Molière’s troupe just before his arrival in Versailles, she offers us a wonderful chimerical and festive journey between past and present.

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