Last night I went to see the opening of the gay and lesbian theater festival here in Paris. Ma Double Vie (My Double Life) was a free play put on by a group of Swiss high school students that'll be showing tomorrow night at 7:30, if you're in the Paris area.
The play itself was about a group of girls who go off to an all-girls Judo summer camp (happily located next to an all-boys astronomy camp), where Tania falls in love with another girl and experiences both lesbian love and lesbophobia for the first time.
It was fun and had a real Facts of Life feel to it... except during the song and dance numbers that I don't think I would have seen back when I was in high school, with drag and some same-sex on-stage affection. Not to get too caught up in what really should be a minor point in this production, but I must say, it was a bit shocking.
Then again, I went to high school... some time ago and it was in Carmel, Indiana, not Geneva, Switzerland, plus most after-school activities (including this theater troop) in lots of European countries aren't associated with schools, thus affording them more freedom of expression.
Still, I wonder what my high school would have been like if they put something like that. The text covered a lot of territory and was complete with homophobic and misogynist villains, a Judo instructor who needed to be educated by her students about lesbian issues, and a teenage same-sex love story. It's interesting as viewed by someone who grew up in a town where the response to teen sexuality was for adults to stick their fingers in their ears and sing.
Also, I found out that "un cube" (a cube) is a slur for butch lesbians in French Switzerland. Go figure.
The acting was pretty good for high school, and it was really well put-together for students of their age. An all-around good time.