The Perfect system

After Georges Feydeau and Maurice Hennequin

The Perfect system

After Georges Feydeau and Maurice Hennequin

Toma Enache

Pause: No

29 Apr 2024 19:30

145 lei

Independent show hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!


The play/comedy The Perfect System is an adaptation of The Ribadier System, a delightful three-act comedy by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Hennequin, first performed in November 1892. The main theme is a husband's ploy to escape from the marital home by hypnotizing his wife.

Our late artist and director Ion Caramitru wanted to direct this play and as a coincidence, another director with Aromanian roots, Toma Enache will direct the play of the author, Georges Feydeau, who is extremely well known in our country for another masterpiece "La puce à l'oreille - A Flea in Her Ear".

Georges Feydeau (1862 - 1921) was a French playwright of the period known as La Belle Époque, known for his farces and vaudeville.

The critic of the newspaper Le Figaro (at the time of its release -1892), Henry Fouquier, considered the play "perhaps the most solidly constructed and most ingeniously plotted of all the plays Maurice Feydeau has given us" and that Feydeau had embroidered a farce with comedy and fantasy. A review in the same newspaper said: "I saw, from one end of the evening to the other, only shining faces, beautiful eyes wet with tears of joy, shoulders shaken with so much laughter and much applause".

After Feydeau's death in 1921, his plays suffered years of oblivion until interest in them revived in the 1940s. Le Système Ribadier was staged again in 1963 in a production directed by Jacques François. The online magazine Les Archives du Spectacle records that 15 different productions of the play have so far been performed in Paris and other French cities, including a 2007 production at the Théâtre Montparnasse that was filmed for television and dozens of other adaptations around the world.

Over the years, the play has been taken up and performed at the world's most successful theatres. First staged in Berlin in 1893. An English adaptation, His Little Dodge was presented in London in 1896 running for 81 performances. The same version was given in New York the following year by Edward E. Rice's company. An adaptation called "Monsieur Rebadier's System" was offered to audiences in the US in 1979 with Roderick Cook as Ribadier.  A 2009 version entitled "Where There's a Will", was presented on a British tour with the great British director Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall as director, to warm reviews. To date the play has been successfully performed all over the world.


Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 


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