Paradise Hotel

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!


Toulouse Lautrec in Balboa Park

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.

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