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On Saturday we traipsed out to a pub in Lambeth to see a fringe production that looked interesting, and we were glad we did. The 50-minute show on a spare set with two actors turned out to be a prose and verse stunner written by Elena Bolster and directed by Natasha Pryce. Produced by UNTitled Theater, it runs until 17 June 2012 at The White Bear Theatre.

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The action follows the love and death of  painter Egon Schiele with enough realism and dignity to be touchingly beautiful and emotionally realistic. We loved the professionalism of the writing and of the acting, with Kieron Jecchinis as Egon and Mel Oskar as “Valie” (the historical Valerie or Wally Neuzil), the young prostitute he meets who then takes up with him as model, muse, and in the end, nurse. The use of film and music was subtle, almost minimalist, but struck us as deft and confident, giving the show texture and dimensionality without complicating or distracting the flow. Superbly done all around.

A painting of Wally by Schiele:

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At Le Petit Prince tonight, a charming restaurant in the University neighborhood just above Place Saint-Michel on the Left Bank in Paris, we ate dinner with Arthur Morgan, an essayist and philosopher of steampunk who edits http://french-steampunk.fr. He posits that since we now live in the future, and it’s not so great – in fact more than a bit ominous – we remember a time when the future was full of hope and optimism. A promoter of Cabaret Du Néant and too French to admit any such thing, still, he hinted that contemporary culture could benefit from a return to optimism about our collective future. 

Greene Fyre and Arthur Morgan by Île Saint-Louis in Paris, across the bridge from the Librairie Jules Verne

Sacre bleu! Mon Amore!

Posted: May 20, 2012 by Ben Sargent in Uncategorized

Hi everybody! We are here in Paris and feeling a bit Toulouse-Lautrec. So I thought I would post a picture I snuck up Greene’s skirt. She is laughing as I write this and asks if I noticed that R Crumb has as an exhibit in town this month?

Greene Fyre at Le Potager du Marais in Paris

Greene Fyre at Le Potager du Marais in Paris


We are meeting with a fixture of the Paris steampunk community tomorrow, Morgan Guery, editor-in-chief at french-steampunk.fr. We’ll be back stateside in Denver in time for the auditions later in June. See you then!