William Gibson's Two For The Seesaw (Deux Sur La Balancoire) is currently running in France, starring Christophe Malavoy and Ludmila Mikael. The only other Gibson's play to have been adapted into French is the Tony-winning hit The Miracle Worker (adapted by writer Marguerite Duras and Gerard Jarlot).
Playwright, adaptator, lyricist, screenwriter Jean-Loup Dabadie has provided a new translation for the play (the previous one having been made in 1958). This two-character play set in the New York of the 1950's stars Ludmila Mikael as Clara and Christophe Malavoy as Jerry. Both actors have worked extensively on stage and on screen. Mikael, who has received a Moliere Award for Best Actress in 1992 for Celimene et le Cardinal, has also worked on Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company back in 1975.
Two For The Seesaw is directed by actor-director Stephane Hillel. Sets have been designed by Agostino Pace, costumes by Catherine Leterrier and lights by Roberto Venturi. Bruno Davanzo has choreographed a dance routine for Mikael which was obviously inspired by Audrey Hepburn's Left Bank Cafe number in Funny Face.
For tickets and information on Deux Sur La Balancoire at the Theatre Montparnasse, call 331 43 22 77 74.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong