One of my favorite advantages of Paris is the number of theaters and the -26 years reduced prices. In Paris there’s a theater around every corner, and, except for the big shows, you can almost always get a ticket for 10 euros or less.
With that in mind, Eliza and I headed to a local theater called La Loge to see the play “Première”. It was a one man show, except for a prop man, where basically the entire plot was that the show couldn’t start because they had forgotten the keys to the stage. However, this one little fact spread off into the most random scenes. Which, you’d think would be distracting, but suddenly I’d be completely immersed in the new scene without having any clue how I got there. It worked very well and was very entertaining.
Because it was a very rainy Wednesday night, there ended up being only three other people in the theatre, who were friends with the actor. So, for ten euros we got our own private show in a local theater right down the street. Not too shabby…
For those theater lovers out there, you’re most important tool in Paris is the Pariscope, a 40 centime guide found at any newspaper stand. A new one comes out every Wednesday, same day that all new shows and movies come out in France. It is the most up to date listing of all shows in Paris, their times, and prices. It also lists descriptions of new shows and all the same information for movies.
Another great way to find out about new shows is to look at the little advertisements in libraries, foyers and the such.
By using the “less than 26 years old” discount, I’ve never paid more than 10 euros for a play. I’ve even paid only 4 euros once, although I could only see half the stage, but it was still an amazing experience.
So, my advice is to find the cheapest play, that grabs your attention for some reason, any reason, and check it out. The plays I’ve seen have never been great famous works, but they were still entertaining. Plays are a great way to explore Paris, try new things, and of course pratiquer le français. 😉