The Lourcine Street Affair
After a night of drunkenness, Lenglumé wakes up one morning in bed next to his former high-school colleague, Mistingue. Hung over, in the attempt to recollect what happened on the previous night, the two men notice that they have lost a few personal belongings: one, an umbrella with a monkey head, the other, a handkerchief embroidered with his initials... Moreover, from the daily newspaper they find out that next to the corpse of a coal-worker, their belongings... have been found?! As memory plays tricks on them, the two are living with the impression that they are the authors of an abominable murder. From this moment on, the plot accelerates, the scenes are flowing at an insane pace, and our heroes, overwhelmed by the nightmare of psychosis, start acting under the impulse of true... murderers.
An intense comic frenzy guiding the main characters through the most unpredictable circumstances. A high-quality dark comedy, sometimes filled with absurd... humour, other times truly ... „bloody”, built with the mechanisms of an authentic thriller. A show for intelligent people, who do not refrain from laughing even at themselves.
“The Other Labiche
Written in series, with an enviable lightness and comic genius, on commission or out of creative inspiration, Labiche’s plays have created in the universal dramaturgy a style, an oeuvre, but also a few masterpieces. One of them – The Lourcine Street Affair – is unique through dramatic concentration, through turns of events, but also through its insinuated dramaticism. Despair and drama at a prominent representative of the boulevard theatre? Well, yes. For me, the force and uniqueness of this play, its fine humour, stem precisely from the strange combination between the despair of the characters wanting to escape a merciless destiny and the ludricousness of their actual situation. Far from being realistic or minor, The Lourcine Street Affair accurately describes the ambiguous border between appearance and reality, protest and resignation, the assumed guilt and the criminal instinct lurking in everyone of us. A human area in which everything becomes possible. Of course, everything depicted with much dark humour. „Everything is spinning, everything is dancing around me” says the main character, describing the sensation of a parallel reality losing the familiar contours of a world gone mad, engaging everything in its frantic movement. Maybe that, in the end, when everything calms down, clearing up at the level of a commonplace reality, Labiche’s characters miss the vital and desperate turmoil that they entered by mistake, for a moment.
We, the spectators, witness with satisfaction, with sadism even, this useless struggle of the characters caught in a carousel of horrors woven by their own imagination. But doesn’t our daily life mean the same continuous flounder, useless most of the times, in the attempt to justify our existence?” Felix Alexa