• Entrance to Sarah Bernhardt Exhibition Woman Created the Star Et la femme crea la star
    Let's Explore,  Museum exhibitions

    Sarah Bernhardt – Woman Created the Star (Et la femme créa la star )

    The artist, Sarah Bernhardt’s life knew no limits. There was no frontier she could not conquer during her 79 springtimes on earth. She was an emblematic figure, the “divine Sarah”, the “holy monster”, the “golden voice”. Miss Bernhardt (1844-1923) created the star that she was. She was the influencer of the epoque. This icon’s face appeared on major brand beauty, soap, cigar and food products, posters and calendars. Bernhardt’s “S” silhouette, her sharp profile and curly, red hair corresponded perfectly to the aesthetics sought by the Symbolists and Art Nouveau artists. Four hundred pieces make up the exhibition “Sarah Bernhardt – And the Woman Created the Star” (Et la femme créa la star) at the Petit Palais until August…

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    Going Out,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    Life-Size Marionettes at Paris’s Opéra Comique

    Watching Opéra Baroque was the most entertaining virtual event that I have seen lately. Basil Twist has modernized a 1753 opera-ballet using life-size puppets. In the New York Times article: “Basil Twist in Paris: When Puppets Meet Baroque Opera” you read about two Americans who worked on this production in New York for the presentation in Paris at the Opéra Comique. The opera-ballet is full of special effects, including about 60 sheep, Mr. Twist, the stage director said in an interview. What you will see-The life-size marionettes/puppets and live artists perform Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's "Titon et l'Aurore".

  • Cartoon from Frantastique a fun, humorous learning tool with animations and quizzes
    Book Reviews,  Language,  Life in Paris & France

    Learning French-Babes to Adults

    Learning French comes in a variety of ways. From interactive toys to online lessons to French theatre with English surtitles to language speed speaking to traditional one-on-one lessons or studying abroad. The list keeps growing to fit your convenience. Some ideas from the past for young ages like the P’tit nours bears have given way to Snow & Stella, Lily Lapin, a friend of Pierre Lapin’s, and the very popular ChiChi Love, the showstar Chihuahua. Two large toy stores in Paris stock and innumerable quantity of French and bi-lingual toys and animals. Adults over 15 need not worry because fun is in store for you! Frantastique, a humorous online learning…

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    Going Out,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    French Theatre in Paris & English Surtitles

    Have you ever wanted to go to the theatre in Paris, but thought it would be hard to understand? Understanding French is now secondary to enjoying the theatre. Theatre in Paris is "opening the doors to French theatre" with surtitles to enjoy some top-rated shows in iconic Parisian theatres. Read the surtitles from a balcony seat in a prime location, watch the actors simultaneously and then impress your friends with your experience. You have attended a potentially unknown Paris tourist attraction in French culture. Surtitles are above the stage on a screen barely visible or invisible to the audience below.

  • Improfessionals - International improve group - English comedy show
    Going Out,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    Comedy (in English) Venues in Paris

    Go out for the night and laugh or learn how you make me people laugh… Your choice. Here is a listing of some of the improv shows I know about in Paris. Some of the venues are seasonal (i.e., closed for the summer). Coming soon is a list of English theatre/theater in Paris. If you have anything to add to the list, send it to me at info@colleensparis.com  Thanks! Improfessionals – This international improv group has been entertaining and teaching improvisation since 2001. The venue for the shows and workshops (English and French) is a canal boat along the Quai de la Seine. They are the “No. 1 English comedy…

  • poster for Paris Fringe Festival 23-29 may at several venues
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    First Paris Fringe Festival

    Have you ever attended a Fringe Festival? My first off-the-main-theater circuit experience was in Edinburgh. The concept began in the 1940s in Edinburgh. Now one of the plays I reviewed "There's No Place Like" has been invited to participate in the First Paris Fringe Festival May 23-29, 2016. The festival will feature international and France-based theater companies, workshops (physical theater....

  • Sam Elwiin as Jordan, Lilac Yosiphon as Hannah cast and crew for There's No Place Like, Café du Theatre, Paris France
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    There’s No Place Like – Brings back Memories

    Last night I enjoyed the play, "There's No Place Like" at Café du Theatre. Two shows tonight, January 21 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - Reservations through the café at 01 42 06 33 37). I heard many familiar memories from my own past. If you are or have been an expat from any country, hoped for a visa, wanted a foreign passport, wished you could move and claim a new country as home, were ready to work hard and faced government rejection....

  • poster for There's no place like play by Lilac Yosiphon
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    “There’s No Place Like” – West End Theatre Comes to Paris

    "There's No Place Like" is a one-hour play (in English) at Café du Theatre Wednesday, January 20 (7:30 pm) and Thursday, January 21 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm). Reserve your tickets (seven euros): altheatheatre@gmail.com. The play, a hit at the May 2015 Brighton Fringe Festival comes to Paris from London's West End and The Arts Theatre. Lilac Yosiphon's English play is about longing, belonging and immigration. Story: "Hannah was a teacher before she moved to the UK