habimah theater 88.
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Francois Pignon (Ya’akov Cohen) is a certified, gold-plated idiot. He works at
the finance ministry and makes matchstick models about which he never shuts up.
For wealthy publisher Pierre Brochant (Rami Heuberger) he’s a shoo-in for
Champion Idiot at the weekly Idiot’s Dinner Brochant and friends hold every
Tuesday. Each brings an idiot-of-the-week and all vote for champion at the end
of the meal.
Except that this time it all goes catastrophically wrong
because Brochant has put his back out. His helplessness and Francois’ attempts
to be helpful leave Brochant’s life in ruins and the audience asking “just who’s
the idiot here?” Cohen steals the show. He is epically dense as Francois. You
want to hit him and hug him simultaneously, and because that’s not on, you go
helplessly from giggle to guffaw. As Brochant, Heuberger is the perfect straight
man, and the two work seamlessly together.
It’s a pleasure to watch them
maneuvering on Eran Atzmon’s elegant set.
Dinner with Idiots is
essentially a two person play whose remaining characters add the spices. As tax
inspector Lucien Cheval, Shimon Cohen provides both humor and
Amnon Wolf makes an easy and likeable LeBlanc, Brochant’s once
and future buddy while Riki Blich and Yael Zafrir do justice to the women in
Pierre’s life, his mistress Marlene and his wife Christine.
directs impeccably and if the production lacks Gallic subtlety at times, no
We lap this up because it’s great fun.