Paradise Hotel is a translation into English of the French farce L'Hotel du Libre Echange by Georges Feydeau. The story centers around a middle-aged man, Benoit Pinglet, who after 20 years of marriage, arranges a rendez-vous with the beautiful young wife of his business partner and best friend, Henri Paillardin. Alas, sexual infidelity is a tough secret to keep, as Pinglet finds out at the Paradise Hotel in this hysterical, door-slamming, narrowly-escaping-getting-caught comedy of errors. At SDSU's Don Powell Theatre Nov. 19 to Dec. 5. Don't miss it!
The dance hall posters and fin-du-siecle artwork of Parisian painter Toulouse Lautrec is currently on display at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Although T-L died in 1901 (at age 36, another victim of syphilis), his work evokes all the gaiety of La Belle Epoque -- the time period in which Paradise Hotel takes place -- and is worth seeing to gain insight into the world in which the Pinglets and Paillardins (and especially Antoinette) lived. Click on the link above for museum information.
Posted by Lojo Simon at 10/27/2010