Review: Les Fausses Confidences, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe

“J’aime avec passion, et c’est ce qui fait que je tremble”

So I am officially broken now – whereas I had previously managed to limit my theatregoing to the UK borders, last year saw me venture to Paris and Amsterdam to take in plays and sure enough, return trips to both cities have been booked for 2014, two in both cases… First up in the things I couldn’t possibly resist, Isabelle Huppert. She’s one of the most constantly exciting actresses I know, her film work endlessly exhilarating and it feels a surprise that the Barbican haven’t gotten her over to these shores in some form or other.

Thus off to the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe to Les Fausses Confidences I went. Marivaux’s comedy wouldn’t necessarily be my usual tasse de thé and my A-level French is rusty to say the least but neither mattered a jot, the joyous intensity of Huppert’s performance as rich widow Araminte transcending any linguistic barriers. In Luc Bondy’s modern-dress production, she is a vision of wealthy chic draped in Dior’s finest, wafting around doing Tai-Chi manoeuvres but soon comically undone by the revelation that her impoverished steward Dorante is in love with her. Continue reading “Review: Les Fausses Confidences, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe”