Since its re-creation at the Lucernaire, the press has praised la pluie, a theatrical performance both wonderful and intimate. Staged with human-sized puppets by Alexandre Haslé, this soliloquy depicts the moral pain of an old babouchka haunted by the memories of those who left their personal belongings with her before being deported.

That a play as unadorned and poetic as this one can still provoke such intense emotion is precious : it is a reminder that theater needs not mimic a rock show to be moving – quite the contrary. Manipulation of the puppets is visible which suggests a rejection of deception, while the puppets are displayed at the end of the show as if the truth told onstage transcended the tricks used, or maybe in order to help the spectators distance themselves from overwhelming feelings.

A. Haslé confirms, every evening, that the need to re-create the play comes from the indignity with which refugees are being treated, and his concern over rising intolerance in society.

La pluie, illustration © Araso
La pluie, illustration © Araso

La pluie is at the Lucernaire in Paris until November 26th 2016