The theater company “le theatre de l’Oiseau Tonnerre” is delighted to announce that it will be performing ” Un Chapeau de Paille d’Italie” -“an Italian Straw Hat” by master of light comedy Eugène Labiche, at the Abu Dhabi Theater on Saturday 2 May and at the Alliance Francaise, Dubai on Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 May 2015.
Enter the frenzy of a frantic race after a straw hat, following a bridegroom and his wedding party. A whim with a contemporary atmosphere, with music and songs, signed by a French master of the light comedy.
On the morning of his wedding, Fadinard discovers that his horse inadvertently ate the straw hat of a lady and all the wedding party embarks on a pursuit race reminiscent of silent movies, in search of an identical hat. One funny situation follows another, the most improbable characters bump into each other, and the wedding drifts towards a dreamlike and absurd world, like a metaphysical flight to escape this conventional marriage. In the process, Labiche ridicules the bourgeois, whom he calls “pearls of stupidity” and whose futility is so dear to him.
The staging will emphasize the mediocrity of the characters and will play on all disorders with almost nonsensical liberty. This jubilant whim will be mixed with songs accompanied on the piano.
Stage direction: Alice Safran
Stage design: Olivier Meynard
Musician (piano): Xavier Cornille
With: Rafaële Chauvin, Dominic Gould, Anthony Le Foll, Adrien Meynard, Paolo Palermo, Alice Safran
With the support of the French Alliance of Abu Dhabi and the French Alliance of Dubai.
The play will be in the French language. For adults and children from age 10.
Venue – Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Theater. Tickets on sale at Alliance Française d’Abou Dhabi – 02 6666 232 – www.afabudhabi.org and at the theater on the day of the event.
Date: Saturday 2 May 2015
Time: 6 pm
Venue – Dubai: Alliance Française de Dubaï Oud Metha. Tickets on sale at Alliance Française de Dubaï – 04 335 8712 – www.afdubai.org
Dates: Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 May 2015
Time: 8 pm
Price: Adults 150 AED / Children (below 18) and Groups 60 AED