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 Théâtre des Abbesses
From 18 March to 12 April 2014
  • From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 March 2014 - 20h30
  • From Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 March 2014 - 20h30
  • Sunday 30 March 2014 - 15h00
  • From Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 April 2014 - 20h30
  • Sunday 6 April 2014 - 15h00
  • From Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 April 2014 - 20h30

Balzac Author
Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota Director

The Doer (2014)  creation

with Théâtre de la Ville's company


By observing Mercadet, a speculator who is as cynical as he is friendly, struggle in evermore perilous situations, Balzac doesn’t lecture us: he has fun, portrays characters as strongly alive as those in his novels, shoves them about, shakes them up with snapping cues, has them suffer the laws of Comedy. This is what has appealed to Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota: having the audience rediscover a rarely staged play, discovering a Balzac who as always digs into the heart of reality, and this time, is ruthlessly funny.



Rotten loans and insider trading seen by  ... Balzac
A Phosphorescent play. (...) To follow the maneuvers of its hero, Mercadet, is like following those of a modern day trader disguised as a man from the Louis-Philippe times. (...) Serge Maggiani beautifully plays the part. (...) His lunar cynicism adds magic that is not in the play, and colors Balzac’s ferocity with a spleen that is consistent with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota’s staging and its good troupe of actors. Le Monde March 26 - Brigitte Salino

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota has brilliantly staged this slapstick, with a succession of twists, where creditors constantly enter and exit, in which the infernal round of deceivers and deceived keeps circling, the only thing constant here being that everyone deceives everyone else. A set that effectively serves the purpose, with a wooden floor that sways as a stock exchange gone wild. Impeccable compositions by the 13 actors, who are all wonderfully too much...
Rhythm. Streams of verve. Musical interludes that happily spring without warning (...)
It’s energetic , cruel, hilarious - we did not know that Balzac could be so funny.  Le Canard Enchainé - Jean -Luc Porquet March 25

One is struck by the visionary modernity of the text. ( ... ) Yet there is no pomposity or lyricism in this theater, that runs vaudeville style, so ingrained in everyday and material life that it becomes unreal (...) Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota does not hesitate to call upon Brecht with the use of songs (Pink Floyd’s Money as a leitmotiv ) or Labiche. In this glorification of the infinite theater of our lives, he refers to the whole tradition. And his company follows with glee, sometimes eyeing towards light outdoor theater, sparkling with life and movement. Télérama - Fabienne Pascaud March 29-April 4

A spectacular Le Faiseur ! A burlesque and squeaky opera. A brilliant and funny variation on debt and the excesses of finance.
Philippe Chevilley - Les Echos

What a nice surprise that Balzac’s Le Faiseur by Emmanuel Demarcy- Mota ! Happiness! Stéphane Capron - sceneweb

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota works with his troop of excellence. He draws the drama towards a musical in verses. Here, one sings in chorus and in English, one dances. Balzac is on Broadway but has lost none of his ferocity and devastating irony. To be seen as a matter of emergency! Armelle Héliot -  Le Figaro March 24

It is played with a sort of malicious beneficial glee, in an atmosphere of nervous speed following the pace of stock market prices. (...) With finesse and cunning, Serge Maggiani pictures a finger licking good Mercadet. Jean Pierre Leonardini - L’Humanité March 24

The novelist Balzac is known but it is verified that geniuses turn everything they touch into gold, such as Le Faiseur which is a gem. Serge Maggiani radiates through the play in the role of Mercadet who deludes himself as a dealer of illusions. Jack Dion - Marianne  March 23

This literary genius proves once again with this amazing play, that his vision of society, with hallucinating foresight, goes hand in hand with a sense of dialogue and phrase which hits the spot from beginning to end. (...) a stunning cast, sparkling with fantasy and fully committed. Lights and sets by Yves Collet and music by Jefferson Lembeye add to the success of this delightful, demonic and decidedly contemporary show! Helen Kuttner -

The play deserves a good afterlife. Le Faiseur provides an array of financial folly that only an observer of the world of money could depict. Gilles Costaz - The March 22

Emmanuel Demarcy- Mota briskly directs this small world in unstable equilibrium that pays a quick visit and and then leaves after having drawn the public into a mad human comedy. Froggy 's delight

An amazing play of today. (...) The abstract staging, timeless, mixing dress and music codes of nineteenth and twentieth century, perfectly account for the contemporaneity of this funny and brilliant tale. Enric Dausset - Theatrical Magazine


directed by
Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
direction assistant
Christophe Lemaire
scenography & lights
Yves Collet
Jefferson Lembeye
Corinne Baudelot
assisted by
Elisabeth Cerquera & Anne Yermola
make up
Catherine Nicolas
Clémentine Aguettant
artistic collaboration
François Regnault

The Théâtre de la Ville's company

Serge Maggiani (Mercadet)
Valérie Dashwood
Sandra Faure
Jauris Casanova
Philippe Demarle
Sarah Karbasnikoff
Gérald Maillet
Charles-Roger Bour
Walter N’Guyen
Stéphane Krähenbühl
Pascal Vuillemot
Gaëlle Guillou
Céline Carrère

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Théâtre de la Ville
directeur Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
16 quai de Gesvres 75180 Paris Cedex 04
2 place du Châtelet 75004 Paris
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