The hit of the 1938 Paris season, Jean Cocteau's Les Parents Terribles was brought to Broadway in April 1995 as Indiscretions, a new and darkly wicked translation by Jeremy Sams. That has revived regional interest in the piece, which was recently staged at Florida's Coconut Grove and is now in previews at the Dallas Theatre Center. The decadent drama opens Jan. 14 (previews begin Jan. 9), with a run scheduled through Feb. 2.
Jonathan Moscone directs the comedy/drama which runs something like this: "mom's love smothers son; her lovelorn sister pines for dad; and dad and son pursue the same woman." The young man tries to escape to a pure love, but he's pulled back by mom's tainted affection.
Starring as Yvonne is Caitlin Clarke, who appeared on Broadway in Teaneck Tanzi, Strange Interlude and Arms And The Man. Also appearing are Jonathan Brent, Peter Davies, Liz Piazza Kelly and Sybil Lines.
On April 21, 1994, London's Royal National Theatre premiered Indiscretions. Sets for the DTC production are by Neil Patel, lighting by Michael Chybowski, costumes by Katherine Roth, sound by Curtis Craig. The Broadway production, designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, had a memorably decadent set with a long, winding staircase and break-apart construction for the finale.
Poet and painter Jean Cocteau wrote Les Parents Terribles in 1938, reportedly after an 8-day opium binge. After premiering in Paris, Les Parents Terribles was quickly shut down by French authorities for its "immorality." For tickets ($16-$44.50) and information on Indiscretions at DTC's Kalita Humphreys Theatre on Turtle Creek Boulevard, call (214) 522-8499.
-- By David Lefkowitz