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L'Affaire de la Rue de Lourcine by Eugène Labiche

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Fri 01 Dec 20:15 - 21:30

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"Ah, don't be embarrassed, my friend, conscience is invisible !"

I invite you to spend an hilarious evening assisting to this "Vaudeville Charbonneux" written by Eugène Marin Labiche Protected content , a French dramatist, perhaps best known for his Protected content written with Marc-Michel, "The Italian Straw Hat", which turned out to be a major success upon its opening in August Protected content has since been adapted many times to stage and screen. He was elected to the Académie Française in Protected content .

The Affair of Rue de Lourcine is a comedy in one act represented for the first time in Paris on the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Protected content .
Lenglum, a noble bourgeois who, in a morning of a hangover, finds in his bed a man in the same state, Mistingue. He and his reason swing into a "gap" of his night and a bundle of abracadabratic clues comes to imagine that they are the assassins of a charcoal-burner in the Rue de Lourcine in the mazes of an old underground Paris.
In order to eliminate the proofs of their guilt, they will prove themselves capable of the worst: the murder of all the witnesses of their crime until their reciprocal elimination. An unlikely reversal of last minute will come to stop the murderous escalation: the newspaper at the base of the delirium dated from previous year - and all finishes in happy end sung, with only victim the cat, Moumoutte.

As is often the case with Labiche, poetry catches us by surprise, between wickedness and tenderness, in an archaic world in rout that borders rather quickly with the absurd. It is a poetry of the mediocrity, the derisory, the inscrutable stupidity of the French petty bourgeoisie, which is still known at the worst in its contemporary convulsions, and of which Labiche has made his world.

Yet, this theatre does not come under "social criticism," even though some of the aftershocks show cruelty and sly cynicism.
It is a theatre of the poetic of disorder: in the middle of the morning, in the mists of Madeira and soon of the curaçao, a hole opens up in the self, and in the anguish of the "gap", the meaning and perhaps even the identity vacillates. And when the character can no longer speak, when the crisis petrifies him, he starts, surrealist delirium, to improvise monstrous songs to drown the gap of his emptiness - on airs piqued to nearby theatres, for the most part completely forgotten, between Cabaret and parody of the great opera.

"Vaudeville" is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment. It was especially popular in the United States and Canada from the early Protected content until the early Protected content . It seems that the name "Vaudeville" originated from the French "vaux de ville" ("worth of the city, or worthy of the city's patronage"), and developed from many sources, including the concert saloon, minstrelsy, freak shows, dime museums, and literary American burlesque.

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