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January 27, 2018

In 1885, all Paris was talking about Henry Becque’s scandalous new play, La Parisienne, which focused on a heroine whose morals were frankly a matter of political and personal convenience. Parisians quickly saw that Becque’s work contained more than mere scandal: the Comédie-Française, France’s national theater, took it up in 1890; by 1893 it was also a repertory staple for Réjane, Sarah Bernhardt’s leading rival as Paris’s superstar stage diva, who brought it to New York in 1904. In those days, it was news even to blasé Paris audiences that a “respectable” married woman could use her charms so blatantly to leverage her husband’s way to power. Read More here

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