Win your tickets to the play “Le Dindon” in Paris, performed by Yvelinois … more than fun!

It runs everywhere! And many of them run … the petticoat. From a door, a woman emerges followed by an incarnated seducer. Then suddenly another eager charmer appears, who is none other than the courted woman’s husband. The latter swears that she will deceive her husband … if she has evidence of his infidelity.

Did you not understand something? It’s not serious. The undiminished strength of Turkey is to take you into an irresistible vaudeville of emotions where men and women reveal themselves. For better and fun, in a story led by the Nomadesque troupe making loops like a roller coaster.

Theater that confirms Feydeau’s modernity, in a comic book state and with diabolically feminist resonances. It is not the Yvelinois actor Damien Coden (Vatelin, Lucienne’s husband, even courted by Pontagnac, …) who would say the opposite.

IN Turkey, women and men are equal. Feydeau understood everything before everyone else?
His time was another time. But it’s just as fun to play it today. With peers, we often say that it is the women who laugh the most. Because men get scratched a lot, especially the main character in Turkey. Feydeau was far ahead of his time, he was #Meetoo before his time.

In this crazy version, Yveline’s blood flows …
Absolutely, I have lived in this department for 28 years. When I came to the Conservatory of Versailles, I met some amazing people, including Vincent Caire, the director of Le Dindon, and Francis Perrin, when he was the director of the Montansier Theater in Versailles. I met other actors who make up the Nomadesques troupe. Turkey was created at the Fontenay-le-Fleury Theater in Yvelines.

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“Men get a lot of scratches, especially the main character in Dindon. Feydeau was far ahead of his time, he was #Meetoo before his time.”

“It was a French teacher who gave me a taste for the subject. He pierced my heart by telling me words about a philosophy of life.”

Yvelines has brought you luck.
A lot, I had great experiences there, including this month’s Molière festival. A good deal of my activity is here, in Yvelines.

For you, it all started on boards in Yvelin.
I started the theater at the age of 23 in a workshop in Versailles. It was a French teacher who gave me a taste for the job. He pierced my heart by talking to me about a philosophy of life. I felt a freedom of tone with a little politics. To make theater is at least also to make politics.

But did Feydeau go through Yvelines by the way?
I have no idea. What is certain is that we have been true to his style, respected his text, while adding some scenic effects.

This piece is played with incredible speed, Tom and Jerry cartoon style. Is it not just a theatrical enterprise?
It’s very physical. We do not lose kilos because we drink a lot of water to recover. What is certain is that we walk a lot.

“Le Dindon’s strength is to lead you away in an irresistible vaudeville of emotions, where men and women reveal themselves. For better and more fun, in a story led by the nomadic troupe making mountain-style loops Russian.” Photo Fabienne Rappeneau .

“We only live by what people come to see us. We can sometimes wonder why we do theater. There are hard times. It’s not a job, it’s a priesthood. One day we ran into a lady who had just seen Le turkey and said “You saved my day!”.

Damien Coden (actor in Le Dindon)

What do you like about your Vatelin character?
He has many facets, and like the others, he is unfaithful to his wife. Vatelin has an element of naivety, he ended up falling for the temptation. And then I appreciate Feydeau’s modernity, his way of writing about men and women. His genius is to tackle universal themes. Like Molière, we will still be playing it in 200 years!

It is folk theater in capital letters.
We only live by what people come to see us. We can sometimes wonder why we do theater. There are hard times. It’s not a work, it’s a priesthood. One day we came across a lady who had just seen Le turkey. She said to us, “You saved my day!” We felt we had been a great help to her. Once we have managed to make people laugh, make them forget their problem, we have succeeded in our work.

Turkey. Directed by Vincent Caire. With Damien Coden, Lucile Marquis, Cédric Miele, Franck Cadoux, Cédric Miele, … In Théâtre du Ranelagh, 5, rue des Vignes, in Paris (16th arrondissement). Thursday to Saturday at 20.45 Sunday at 17.00.

Olivier Bohin

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