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Le Bonheur
Eric Assous
Le Bonheur
Actes du théâtre n° 61.[ imprimer ]
The appeal of chance encounters is that they bring people together who are attracted to one another but not necessarily compatible.
Louise is single. Alexandre is in the middle of a divorce. She has no children; he has three. She’s rather left-wing, whereas he’s on the right. What they have in common is that they’re over fifty and not very easygoing.
They compare their idea of what constitutes happiness and discuss its terms.
Is the fear of growing old alone a good guide?
Does maturity make you more tolerant or more intransigeant?
Are past relationships a resource or a handicap?

‘‘The lively writing in Eric Assous’s Le Bonheur offers funny, delightful and comforting answers on the subject of eleventh-hour love affairs. While there is no age limit for falling in love, past experiences can at times make things a bit more complicated!’’

Opened at the Théâtre Marigny, August 31, 2012.
Director: Jean-Luc Moreau. Cast: Marie-Anne Chazel and Sam Karmann.
Characters: 1 woman, 1 man.

Characters : 1 women - 1 men -

LOUISE I can’t go out with a man who has no core interests! I just can’t take it!
ALEXANDRE Did it feel like I was a complete idiot the first time we had a discussion together?
LOUISE Not at all.
ALEXANDRE Well then? I speak correctly, I keep up, I have an analytical mind, and I can reason things out. I’m not exactly a Neanderthal. You don’t have to know about sculpture, Japanese films and modern music to enjoy life.
LOUISE That’s such a caricature. I’m talking about passion, not culture. Couldn’t you at least join a philatelist club?
ALEXANDRE And sit around looking at stamps? Give me a break!
LOUISE Don’t yell at me. You’re so rude!
ALEXANDRE Well you’re not much better, are you? You sound like a mother lecturing her son for not listening to the teacher! My way of coping is through my work. I’ll have you know there are lots of people out there who’d love to be where I am professionally. I may not have a high-school diploma but I get along better than most! Do you know how much my restaurant brings in every month? How much do you earn?