The lift of a respected dwelling in Paris sees the emergence of an insulting inscription regarding the new tenant, Mr Lebrun. He comes up with an idea to dwell on this incident in the presence of neighbors invited to his house-warming party. The insignificance of this fact turns eventually into a huge mess. The perverse play written by Gérald Sibleyras and directed by Maciej Englert is staged the 200th time on January 16, 2011...
Pictured (from left): Krzysztof Kowalewski, Agnieszka Pilaszewska, Janusz Michałowski, Monika Krzywkowska (sitting), Marta Lipińska, Leon Charewicz; photo by the Contemporary Theatre
The lift of a respected dwelling in Paris sees the emergence of an insulting inscription regarding the new tenant, Mr Lebrun. He comes up with an idea to dwell on this incident in the presence of neighbors invited to his house-warming party. The insignificance of this fact eventually turns into a huge mess
The perverse play written by Gérald Sibleyras and directed by Maciej Englert will be staged the 200th time.
While time passes and drinks are sipped, the true Parisians acting in a manner of the easy-going Europeans subsequently lose their masks. They turn into hypocrites with hang-ups and awkward ambitions to gain control over others guided solely by the "politically correct" standard, as Janusz R. Kowalczyk wrote in Rzeczpospolita after the premiere. They are united by mediocrity which bans all polemics. The only thing that's left to those "followers of progress", driven into a corner by the logical arguments of Lebrun, is aggression alone.
Truly, one needs so little to observe how the residents, who seem to be free of disabilities, placid and even-tempered, have suddenly transformed into the herd of hyenas.
The French press thinks of Gérald Sibleyras as the author "who can be counted on and who would make every word count! He is young, full of ideas, talent and style". (…). "He is a joker with verve, sharp pen and a sense of humor.(…) He gets in a rage when confronted with human stupidity which feeds on stereotypes and so called 'indisputable truths' promoted by tabloids".
The Inscription was first staged in the Petit Montparnasse theatre in Paris in 2004. The play was nominated for Les Molieres and received the award for one of the characters. The performance of Contemporary Theatre at the 10th Polish Comedy Festival TALIA 2010 brought the first prize for Janusz Michałowski playing Mr Bouvier.
- The Inscription by Gérald Sibleyras, translation: Barbara Grzegorzewska, directed by: Maciej Englert; set design: Marcin Stajewski; costumes: Anna Englert; cast: Monika Krzywkowska, Marta Lipińska, Agnieszka Pilaszewska, Leon Charewicz, Krzysztof Kowalewski, Janusz Michałowski; premiere: December 20, 2005, 200th show: January 16, 2011.
Teatr Współczesny (Contemporary Theatre) in Warsaw
13 Mokotowska St, 00-640 Warsaw
Director and Artistic Manager: Maciej Englert
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Source: press release, www.wspolczesny.pl