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The Comédie-Française (2 rue Richelieu, metro Palais-Royal) is a state theater originally founded by an edict of King Louis XIV in 1680. The Comédie has its own theater troop which performs plays and musicals throughout the year, with several shows running at once. There are three main theaters in Paris, the salle Richelieu, the théâtre du Vieux-Colombier and the Studio-Théâtre.

Outside the salle Richelieu

The show I saw is called L’Opéra de quat-sous (The Threepenny Opera in English, Die Dreigroschenoper in the original German). It is a musical comedy about the marriage of an organized criminal leader to the daughter of a man who profits from training beggars in exchange for a cut of the profits. Though some of the humor was lost to me in translation, I certainly enjoyed this critique of capitalist society with its exaggerated characters and parody of implausible happy endings.

The vantage point from my 5 euro seat in the almost-top row

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