In the play Maurice, Anne-Marie Olivier slips perfectly into the skin of a 66-year-old man who became aphasic following a stroke. The author and actress inhabits with great luminosity a man who exists and whom she has met.
Four months after leaving the artistic direction of the Trident, to return to creation, Anne-Marie Olivier, with her company Bienvenue aux dames, offers a beautiful theatrical object at the heart of the human.
At the On display until November 12 at the Périscope theatre, Maurice is a show about the resilience of a man who, at the age of 33, has lost part of his mobility and his ability to express himself with complete sentences.
At each performance, Anne-Marie Olivier invites a member of the public on stage in order to create a conversation, like the one she had, a few years ago, with the real Mauritius. A Maurice who, during the premiere, was in the room.
The man tells his story through these exchanges initiated by this character who suffers from aphasia.
A bold and high-risk way of doing things. Tuesday, during the premiere, we felt, at a few moments, that we were moving away a little when the guest, totally in good faith, wanted to get involved in his own way. What is human in the circumstances and demonstrates the authenticity of a conversation that can go in all kinds of directions. At each misdirection, Anne-Marie Olivier managed, with humor, to bring the train back on track.
And when Maurice hesitates on a word and the guest is unable to decode it, people from the audience come to his rescue.
To live fully
In a staging by Olivier Arteau, Mauricetakes place in an intimate atmosphere with, as decor, a small table, an orange, an ashtray and a hanging lamp. There is also a small fridge with a choice of drinks for the guest of the performance.
Amusing situation, during the premiere, on Tuesday, when Maurice lit a theater cigarette which s is joyfully inflamed, provoking an immense burst of laughter in a Periscope filled to the maximum of its capacity.
Anne-Marie Olivier offers a more than believable Maurice through her movements, the words she seeks and her hesitations. We believe in. Fully.
She portrays a resilient man, who despite his many limitations has a lot of humor and exudes happiness.
A man who was an economist, who worked 80 hours a week , unable to say more than two words after emerging from a nine-day coma and rejected by his family.
Maurice exposes a reality through the human prism as Anne-Marie Olivier knows how to do. A beautiful, true show, full of resilience and with a Maurice who has chosen, despite the pitfalls, to live fully and who believes he has become, following his stroke, a better person.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128