Ebauche d’un Portrait

I felt lucky to catch this reprise of Ebauche d’un Portrait by Théâtre Ouvert.  Théâtre Ouvert was the major source of production and moral support for the playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce when he made his way from Besançon to Paris and when he made his career in the 80s and 90s.  This piece is a one-person play composed after he died by François Berreur who also directs Laurent Poitrenaux as Jean-Luc Lagarce.  The result is a moving and funny and melancholic exploration of a self-consciously melancholic artist whose formidably large body of work seemed rarely to provide much satisfaction.  Despite the fact that so little of the publicity mentions the fact that Lagarce died of AIDS, it is also an exploration of a particularly urgent moment in the history of the theatre and the queer political history on which so many theatrical histories depend.

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