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.