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The stage of the Théâtre du Rond-point is empty with only a carpet that could delimit a ring without ropes. In the background, a whole mass of objects and accessories among the most diverse placed in bulk on the platforms. On each side, an actor of the caliber of the greatest: Charles Berling and Stanislas Nordey, known as Stan. As soon as they enter the stage, they are engaged in a dialogue that will not be interrupted for the duration of the show (1h20). We pass from aggression to tenderness, from complicity to animosity, from invective to flattery… It is precisely for these two actors, each with his own tune, that Pascal Rambert, as usual, composed his ode to the love for the theater , inseparable for him from love itself.

What are the two actors talking about? Of course, of theater, of their common project of actor in which we feel their whole personal and common life involved. But more than colleagues, they form a couple who live, work, grow old and suffer together. Their project? To stage, as Antoine Vitez, their master and absolute ideal, had done, the four strongest pieces of Molière: The misanthrope, Girls’ school, Truffle And Don Juan. Exactly as Molière and Vitez had done it, that is, with the only accessories a table, two chairs and a stick.

Not so simple the debate that then engages in the couple on the right necessary table: should it be made of wood or metal? Rustic or industrial style? Small or big? Everyone goes there with their arguments, Charles ends up out of breath on these details which are not for him. Stan meanwhile wants to end it as quickly as possible and take action. In this case, the scene of Truffle where Orgon hidden under the table overhears the false bigot making advances to his wife Elmire.

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But we quickly slip out of the picture of these trials and move on to other things in the private lives of the two actors, real or fictitious. It was then that an incident occurred that blew everything up: Charles read a fateful text message on Stanislas’ cell phone which was not intended for him and which contained these simple words: “In fact, only the skin…”, coming from a certain H. E we find ourselves in a comedy by Nathalie Sarraute where Stan, seized by a fit of paranoid madness, takes possession of a word, dissects it in all its possible allusions to feed his jealousy and his suffering when everything can be based on a misunderstanding . And anger rises in Stan, which can only lead to an explosion.

Conceived in absolute freedom, the piece does not obey the constraints of form, we are in a perpetual yo-yo of registers and styles where the “real life” of the artists merges with that of their character. Immodest scenes follow other more allusive ones, divagos occupy the “silence” of the direction, theater scenes in the theater alternate with those of cinema in the theatre. including an excerpt from My night at Maud’sby Éric Rohmer, their cult film with Antoine Vitez and the mother of Stanislas Nordey.

There’s a slightly awkward sex scene, a tiring domestic scene, a harrowing agony scene, a haunting scene of destruction where everyone lets the violence inside them explode and jubilantly smash everything that falls under their hands . With disconcerting temporal ellipses and, as a common thread, the endless diatribes of Pascal Rambert against criticism and the world of culture. A yoyo even in intensity with some drop in speed.

What does not weaken, however, is the commitment of the two actors who, if necessary, do not hesitate to get naked (in the literal sense of the term) in sequences that are not particularly advantageous for them where Pascal Rambert obviously asks for a lot. And they give freely.

Two friends, until December 3 at the Théâtre du Rond Point, Text and direction: Pascal Rambert. Starring: Charles Berling, Stanislas Nordey. Lights: Yves Godin. Costumes: Anaïs Romand. Artistic collaboration and production direction: Pauline Roussille.

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Photo: Nicolas Martinez

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