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Berkeley, Calif.: Simple pleasures.

THE SIMPLE PROVENCAL CAFE AND characters of Marcel Pagnol's Fanny Trilogy were natural icons for Alice Waters, the Berkeley chef who revolutionized American cooking through her use of organic ingredients at Chez Panisse, named for Pagnol's patriarch. Now Berkeley audiences can see Panisse--as well as Fanny and Cesar, also Berkeley restaurant eponyms--in Marius, the first of the trilogy, at Aurora Theatre Company Nov. 11-Dec. 18, in a new English translation by Zack Rogow. "What strikes me," says director Tom Ross, "is that the play had the same impact that Porgy and Bess had on opera. Audiences were used to boulevard comedies, and here was the working class of Marseille." Sort of the same way Americans reared on canned peas were swept away by fresh vegetables grown locally.

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Title Annotation:Aurora Theatre Company to show Marcel Pagnol's Fanny Trilogy in a new English translation
Author:Hart, Sarah
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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