L’Apprentissage is a play written by Jean-Luc Lagarce after his friend dared him to write a play about rebirth.  Michael and I squeezed between the tiny rows of a salle at Théâtre les Deschargeurs to watch Alain Maze interpret the role of a man whose body and mind wake from a paralyzing coma.  Maze is a journeyman French actor whose movements and speech turn on a dime.  His eyes glint with laughter and tears simultaneously, and the rediscovery of the world is accompanied by precision gesture and the occasional pratfall. A truly Beckettian actor for Beckettain themes, it was worth the trip to see a perfect match of text and performance, a play by Lagarce embodied by an actor like Maze where each seemed actually to heighten the competencies of the other.

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