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Hit French Play in Warsaw
January 28, 2015   
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A Polish version of Le Prénom (What’s in a Name, Polish title Imiê), one of the most popular French plays of recent years, has opened at the Na Woli branch of Warsaw’s Dramatyczny Theater.

Written by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patteliere, the play has been adapted for Polish audiences by director Grzegorz Chrapkiewicz and features a stellar cast of Polish actors.

The plot is set in a Parisian apartment owned by literature professor Pierre (Szymon Bobrowski) and his wife Elisabeth (Edyta Olszówka). One evening, Pierre and Elisabeth invite friends to dinner, looking forward to a pleasant get-together during which Elisabeth will serve delicious Moroccan dishes and Pierre will impress everybody with new additions to his library. The guests are Claude, who is a trombonist and long-time friend of the family (Marcin Hycnar), Elisabeth’s brother Vincent, who is a brilliant businessman (Wojciech Malajkat), and his pregnant and very young fiancée Anna (Dorota Kempa). During the meeting, the usual, minor arguments unexpectedly turn into a vicious and bitter fight triggered by a seemingly innocent question about the expected baby’s name. Family secrets are revealed.

Sparkling with well-written and witty dialogue, Le Prénom is a comedy that is frequently compared to Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage (adapted for the big screen by Roman Polanski as Carnage). Like the Reza play, Le Prénom has a depth that makes you stop to think and even when you laugh, it is more of an uneasy giggle. In 2011, the play earned a nomination for the French theater industry’s Moliére Awards, while a 2012 film adaptation, entitled What’s in a Name, was seen by a record number of viewers. In 2013, the movie won two of France’s most coveted film awards, the Cesars, and was nominated for another three, including for best adapted screenplay.

The sets for the Polish production were designed by Wojciech Stefaniak and the costumes by Justyna Wo¼niak. The play was translated into Polish by Barbara Grzegorzewska. The play has been produced in Poland by the Tito Productions company, whose previous shows include Boeing Boeing, Luv and I Love You.


Dramatyczny Theater; Na Woli Stage, 22 Kasprzaka St.
Upcoming performance: Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
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