Harold Pinter's latest play Ashes To Ashes has opened recently at the Theatre du Rond-Point, and is currently enjoying a limited engagement. This production marks Pinter's directorial debut in France.
Ashes To Ashes is merely a conversation between two characters in their 40's, Devlin and Rebecca. The play starts with Devlin jealously asking Rebecca about her sentimental past, her former lover and some other trivialities. Little by little, in a quasi absurdist way, images of tears and atrocities start to obsess Rebecca, and the casual, conjugal conversation turns into a painful evocation of war, slaughter and domination, with the obvious reminiscence of World War II.
Starring in Ashes to Ashes are Christine Boisson and Lambert Wilson. Boisson has portrayed many classic roles, from Shakespeare to Chekhov. Wilson starred in several international film productions including the recently multi-awarded On Connait La Chanson directed by Alain Resnais. Wilson also has extensive stage credits, in France and abroad. In 1996, he was seen as Count Carl-Magnus in Sean Mathias production of A Little Night Music at the Royal National Theatre, opposite Judi Dench and Sian Phillips.
For tickets and information on Ashes To Ashes at the Theatre du Rond-Point, call 331 44 95 98 10. Runs until May 17.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong