Friday, May 21, 1971
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
EN ROUTE TO CANNES
Theatre: C'est la vie a Paris
By MARK ALAN FARBER
Special to The Daily
PARIS - This is by no means a cheap
city, but don't pass it by. It has all the
excitement of New York, minus the smog
Montmarte is 42nd St. with charm, and
the Louvre makes the Metropolitan look
like a WC. St. Pat's, compared to Notre
Dame, looks like a nouveau riche imita-
Transportation is a cinch, for the sub-
way system (Le Metro) is considered the
best in the world. It is cheap, prompt,
convenient, and inexpensive. (Buy your
Metro tickets in lots of ten and save
The food is not terribly cheap, but it is
by no means expensive . . . and it is ter-
ribly good. You can cut restaurant costs
one-third by eating standing up. (Don't
ask me why, but it's true.)
Enough travel patter. If you're lusting
for more may 1 suggest "Esquire", "Holi-
day", or "Europe on $5 a Day".
Let's pass on to Paris' most renowned
form of theatre, the follies. The four most
famous examples of the phenomena are
the Follies Bergere, the Casino de Paris,
the Lido, and the Moulin Rouge. How-
ever the Lido and Moulin Rouge are
supper clubs and tres expensive. Ergo,
if you are on a limited budget (and who
isn't) may I suggest the Casino de Paris
where standing room tickets can be pur-
chased for 15 francs (about $3.00).
Reviewing the show at the Casino, I
cannot help but think of-one of Nick's
lines in Albee's play Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf that goes something like,
"I'm not a sadist, but I can't held ad-
miring anything that's done well." Of the
Casino's famous presentation I can only
say, "I'm not a teats and ass man, but
I can't help admiring..."
Yes it's true the show is bourgeois male
Yes, (and to add insult to injury) it's
true that the designers lavish use of furs
displays a thorough disregard for our
But, it's done so well and so complete-
ly that you cannot help being awed by
the beautiful bodies (male and female),
the colorful costumes, and the fantastic
scenery, even .if you are disgusted at
the same time. Remember, life is a para-
The show at the Casino is, of course,
a revue (singing, dancing, and variety
The plot of- the sketches are minimal,
but this is not theatre or plot but rather
of spectacle. There are costumes by Yves
St. Laurent, a Rolls Royce that c o m es
through the stage floor, mammoth sets
that fly in complete with suspended chorus
girls, a full-stage typewriter that uses
girl's legs as keys, and a full proscenium
(top to bottom, side to side) neon stair-
way which is used a la Flo Ziegfield.
So, if you're willing to dismiss all of
the negative aspects, the fact that the
chorus line lacks precision, the chauvin-.
ism, the furs, and the lack of intellectual
content and are willing to resolve to
enjoy the show as you would a Busby
Berkley musical or a fashion show, then
by all means go.
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