Répétition / This Is My Destiny
Pascal Rambert / Angelica Liddell
Théâtre de Gennevilliers / Théâtre de l’Odéon, Paris
December 3 & 13, 2014
Christmas is traditionally a time of over-indulgence; in Paris’s theatres this year, it is proving to be a time of self-indulgence too. As the Festival d’Automne winds down, two of its final offerings have featured monologues with more than a trace of ego-tripping.
At the Théâtre de Gennevilliers, artistic director Pascal Rambert has bundled together four monologues for the price of one. “Répétition” means both rehearsal and repetition in French, and the play brings together a quartet of acting luminaries (Emmanuelle Béart, Audrey Bonnet, Stanislas Nordey and Denis Podalydès) to rehearse in what looks like a sports hall. The repetition comes with the acting tours de force that ensue, as each actor is allotted a 30-minute soliloquy that goes round in circles.