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PHILEMON’S COMPLEX
comedy in three acts

Theatre Montparnasse

First production:

December 10th 1950

Theatre Montparnasse-Gaston Baty

Manager : Marguerite Jamois

Staging : Christian-Gérard

Scenery : Douking

 

A single setting : living-room of a large mansion of an upperclass man in a big town in the countryside

 

Like everyone I was doubled up with laughter and crying

( Jean-Jacques GAUTIER, Le Figaro )

 

 

Author’s summary :

“ The imaginary illness” would be as good an alternative title for this comedy Helen, a model wife, discovers psychoanalysis; Her apppreciation of things around her is turned on its head and her husband seems to her to be struck with serious neurosis. Guided by a psychoanalyst, shesets off in search of his complexes. Her husband meanwhile, is so surprised by her singular behaviour, that he begins to have serious doubts as to the mental health of his wife.

Psychoanalysis brings a touch of extravagance to the calm provincial town where the devoted couple live.

 

 

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RCS Nanterre B 642 015 440


Characters :

Hélène Saint-Faust, model wife…………………….....................Suzanne FLON

François Saint-Faust ,perfect husband……………………….....Henri GUISOL

( they are too pure for psychoanalysis and too simple for those complexes found amongst amateur lovers )

Professeur David-Kouglow, psychoanalyst……….........Grégoire ASLAN

a couple of old servants :

Blaise………………………………………………………….............................Léon BERTON

Antonia …………….............................................................................Mady BERRY

 

Mademoiselle Pelousco……………………………………...............Jany MOUREY

The three girlfriends:

Lucienne Grandpierre…………………………..............Madeleine BARBULEE

Cécile Armingaux………………………………………....................Gilberte GENIAT

Olga Tatanieff……………………………………………......................Luisa COLPEYN

 


Grégoire Aslan, Henri Guisol and Suzanne Flon

- They must have the complex of Jonas : they are laughing like whales...

Gift of Sennep to the author ( Original model )

Suzanne FLON

 

Henri GUISOL

Grégoire ASLAN

Luisa COLPEYN

Gilberte GENIAT

 

Jany MOUREY

Madeleine BARBULEE

Léon BERTON

 

Mady BERRY

Marguerite JAMOIS

CHRISTIAN-GERARD


Maurice Chevalier psychoanalysed during the interval

Interwhat the media think of it ...

This satire of the
psychoanalysis is a terrific issue Mr Bernard-Luc has underlined one of the traits of our time and has drawn from it a wonderfully entertaining comedy .

( Max FAVALELLI , Paris Presse )

 

this is the funniest play ever seen since"NINA" definitely and the theatre has finally got an everlasting success

Gabriel MARCEL (Les Nouvelles Littéraires)

 

the audience laughs so much
that the lines can't any longer be heard by them.

(Jean-Jacques GAUTIER,

Le Figaro )

We think about Moliere in « Les Precieuses Ridicules » or « Les Femmes Savantes » and the psychiatrist is the straight heir to Trissotin or Diafoirus

( André ALTER, L’Aube )

There’s a film from the play