An encouraging review of “No Exit” by Dings Digital makes us smile!

No Exit at Ce Soir Arts
Photo by Dings Digital

Dings Digital reviewed our reprised presentation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s wonderful existentialist play, No Exit, on his blog. We feel quite honoured to have Dings‘ review, and hope that you will enjoy it as well. We so enjoyed producing and performing this wonderful play at Ce Soir Arts and look forward to many other plays and presentations at the Ce Soir Arts Théâtre in future.

Three outstanding photographs grace the page at Dings’ blog, Dings Digital’s Diary. One is posted here, depicting our three characters at a stalemate in their discussions. Thank you, Dings! See his blog here:

We thank fellow actors, B. Hemi and TerryLynn Melody (who is another of the multi-talented artists sharing her music and poetry in SL) as well for their work and artistry, and express our appreciation to those who joined us that evening for this second presentation of the play. The first presentation featured only university students and Mireille – and they did a fabulous job, each earning the accolades of attendees including their professor. Thanks again must go to Draco Luv of Luv Creations for his scripting of the knives we used in the play for both presentations, without which our closing scene would not have been so powerful.

More about the play…

Sartre’s dark, somewhat comedic, play is existentialist theatre at its best. The original title (“Huis Clos“) is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, a reference to a private discussion held in private behind closed doors. We find it interesting that several English translations have been performed under the titles In CameraNo Way Out and Dead End. One other title caught our attention: Vicious Circle; that seems to fit well, as the three main characters (along with the diffident Valet) seem to run in circles, first vowing silence and alienation in their strange situation and then coming round to conversation and even deeply revealing confessions from their lives on earth – before becoming “absent,” as Estelle deemed to call their uncomfortable state of affairs (being dead). The play was first performed at Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris in May 1944, and how we adore being in that company!

The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which the three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. As such, it is the source of one of Sartre’s most famous and most often misinterpreted quotations, l’enfer, c’est les autres (“Hell is other people”), usually taken to refer to people in general. However, in the context of the play, it becomes clear that this rather vehemently stated fact (by Garcin, the central character in the ensemble) means that certain other people can indeed serve as the most effective form of hell for an individual. As intriguing as the interrelationships of Garcin, Inez, and Estelle are in this play, it is clear that they will struggle throughout eternity to manage living together in such hot, dry, isolated conditions – conditions that they have little or no control to change. Indeed, it is only by managing their own volatile emotions and actions can they dare to hope to find any peace at all.

To say that we enjoyed presenting Sartre’s No Exit in the Ce Soir Arts Théâtre is an understatement. Doing so has opened a completely new chapter in the life of Ce Soir. What a joy to work so freely with others who enjoy the genre. How wonderful to feel the encouragement of so many whom we admire. Look for more from Off-the-Shelf Productions at Ce Soir, and do let us hear from you if you have ideas about plays or other presentations. We know that one of our dear friends, Russell Eponym, is exploring Shakespearean soliloquys, and we cannot wait to see him on stage! We shall repeat Tea with Ted & Sylvia and have other presentations “in the works” with our own Off-the-Shelf Productions company.

Come see the théâtre at your leisure and do plan to join us for a producation soon!

A new look for the blog…etc.

We are making a few changes at Ce Soir Arts. We knew we would eventually shift our focus (and have been doing so, almost imperceptibly, for some time now) to a sharper focus on poetry and theatre. This does not mean that music and art will no longer be featured at Ce Soir. On the contrary, there will be opportunities for music and art in more locales around the venue space, and in months to come there will be more theatrical productions featuring music and yes, art.

2013 will be quite an adventure, and we invite you to come along with us as we explore projects – some new and some that have been languishing in the attic gathering faery dust for awhile. Thrills and chills, dark romance, outrageous laughter, and elegance gentil shall be enjoyed. Paupers and kings, divas and ladies-in-waiting, artisans and technorati will enchant us with historical tales and adventures into the uncharted future…and those who participate will have names you know – and names you will come to know. And, who knows? Perhaps it will be your name on the marquee! We are open to ideas, so please leave a note if you like.

We like to support charitable causes, and will do so often; and as always, everyone is welcome. Attend a concert, poetry recitation, play, or workshop (yes, there will be some seminars too) – or just come to Ce Soir to relax, dance, and enjoy the ambience of the gardens at sunset. Things may be changing, but one thing will always remain the same: our love of Ce Soir, of Second Life, of all who come here to explore and share their gifts, and of all who come to enjoy and nourish their own vision and spirit.

Ce Soir…be inspired, tonight!

NOTE: Second Life is a trademark or registered trademark of Linden Research, Inc. All rights reserved. Ce Soir Arts is not formally affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research, and no infringement of their rights is intended.

An eerie light…spooky avatars…and fabulous music, poetry, and art await you!

Hallowe’en week is finally here! A time celebrated across the grid, this seasonfest is scary, weird, and a whole lot of FUN! So, don your best costumery, get out your craziest animations, and doll yourself up – just right – and come on over! We have a WEEKFUL of MAGIC going, so don’t miss a minute!

Here’s the creepy schedule…muahaha!

★ Saturday 27

The A List’s Culture and Art Weekend

We will have, of course, Nessuno Myoo‘s wonderful sculpture on exhibit and we welcome The A List and their members to enjoy anytime, especially from Noon to 2 PM today. Congratulations, Xzavier and RAFTWET on five years of serving up information about the best in SL entertainment…and more!

2 PM TEA with TED & SYLVIA: Aeon & Mireille present a programme of poetry by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath at The Ce Soir Arts Theatre. This presentation is in Voice and will cover a conversation over tea, exploring the poetry of these two feted poets and their relationship. Stormy, at best, these two wrote prolifically and well, exploring such subjects as marriage, parenthood, life and death. These are striking works that must be shared. Come…sit by the fire and enjoy tea & poetry!

TEA with TED & SYLVIA set at Ce Soir Arts Theatre

3 PM Russell Eponym reads poetry at The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir. Come along for another hour of exceptional verse and reading with the inimitable Russell Eponym. Always enjoyable, the hour will fly as we relax and learn under the tender tutelage of our beloved professor and friend!

Sunday 28

5 PM Seth Regan brings a little Phantom of the Opera along with him…and it’s going to be quite the show with great music from this master musician!

6 PM Loreen Aldrin sings some dark romance that will get under your skin and thrill you. Oh, it’s something special indeed!

7 PM TwinGhost Ronas (or is that FRANKENTWIN???) brings his glorious music including the haunting “Live Again” (which just happens to be our FAVOURITE!). East Coast storms probably won’t interfere with this show, but be wary, TwinGhost! We want you to be safe!

Monday 29

2 PM Saintess Larnia comes in with her smexy sweetness. I wonder what lurks behind? Hmmmm…

3 PM Voodoo Shilton gets us going with the thrilling Gypsy Jazz and a whole lot more – IF he can make it in because of the East Coast US storms. Voodoo, if you can’t make it, know that we are thinking of you! Be safe!

4 PM Quantamis Navarathna wafts in on lovely melodies of timeless love with expert and haunting instrumentation –  just perfect for this spooky castle tonight!

5 PM Mithrilweaver reads creepy tales from the crypt – outside at the Ce Soir Cemetery and Mausoleum. His deep and resonant voice – and choice of readings – will inspire AND SCARE you! Do join us…if you DARE!

Tuesday 30

NOON Russell Eponym poetry recitation – always lovely and fun, we learn from Russell as we enjoy the very best in poetry every week. This reading will be as special – and we have an idea there will be some fright-night poems in the mix! Oooh!

2:30 PM NO EXIT is once more performed at The Ce Soir Arts Theatre! This time, semi-professional actors portray the roles of the three hapless souls who find themselves locked in hell with one another – forever – in this darkly comedic play by existential philosopher and playwright, Jean-Paul Sartre. The cast (in order of appearance):

Valet: Aeon Woodford/Garcin: B. Hemi/Ines: TerryLynn Melody/Estelle: Mireille Jenvieve

Come enjoy!

The NO EXIT Set at The Ce Soir Arts Theatre

5 PM The Follow fly in, all ZOMBIE-FIED and fired up, ready to rock! Wear your Hallowe’en best (ZOMBIES especially welcome at the Ce Soir Zombie Hotel – teehee!) and join us for some truly exceptional music. Hold onto your brains, everyone!

6 PM Gina Stella comes round with her own special brand of musical magic. An extensive songlist is just the beginning with Gina! Come enjoy her beautiful voice…and the hijinx too!

7 PM Paulette Oldrich soothes us a bit, shifting our focus from FRIGHT-NIGHT to sublime jazz and show tunes! Why not dress as your favourite Broadway character? Do get your dancing shoes on and come over for the FUN!

Wednesday 31

4 PM Samm Qendra for Nessuno Myoo‘s Closing Celebration: This is a very special event. Decorum, please, but let’s have fun too, celebrating the closing of Nessuno Myoo‘s outstanding sculpture exhibit. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting him for two months…and we just HAD to keep some of the sculptures around forever, so they won’t all disappear! Come help us bid him a fond adieu. Like all of our monthly Artists-in-Residence, Nessuno will be back. We will have a very special exhibit going at the end of the year… You don’t want to miss Samm! Her voice is unstoppable as she continues to amaze with her repertoire and sensitive performances.

5 PM Therese Nightfire steps to the stage and just SHINES! Come hear this stunning voice and the incredible range of music she offers. Jazz and blues and a whole lot more, her show is a knockout – every time!

6 PM DennyMac drops over to share his lovely guitar-playing and sweet vocals. His voice and kind heart are a magical combination. Every song is special, so don’t miss it!

7 PM Steely Decosta lands at Ce Soir, bringing his exceptional music for us to enjoy. No one can sing Tom Petty’s music like Steely, and he can rev up the blues like nobody’s business. Come see The Kentucky Gentleman in action!

Thursday 01

1 PM Lisa Brune comes to Ce Soir with those thrilling whispery vocals and sweet stage presence that everybody loves. Yes, audiences across the grid adore Lisa! Come see why!

2 PM JordanReyne Deezul reinvents Industrial Folk with a style and grace literally unmatched. This music is so inventive and special, you just have to come hear it! Musica intelligentia – sensitive, deep, and rich with surprising sounds so melodic, you’ll stand there, stunned. Don’t miss it!

3 PM Russell Eponym, The Music Whisperer, was the first musician to play at Ce Soir. That was by design, as he is the foundational artist in the digital world. Musician, artist, poet, actor, educator…Russell does it all. Come hear his wonderful “folk, blues, and beyond!”

6 PM TerryLynn Melody delights with her eclectic set that includes some of her own compositions as well as expertly chosen covers that showcase her powerful voice. She accompanies herself on guitar and piano, and the hour speeds by in enjoyment.

7 PM Freestar Tammas is a true original, and her music is the same. She and Quai bring a lovely collaboration of sound to the Ce Soir stage, singing tender originals in the mix. Beautiful!

8 PM MoShang Zhao delivers the chill at Ce Soir every Thursday night at 8 PM SLT. The Sound Jeweler creates a soothing, energizing electronica that will simply blow your mind…gently, of course! Come relax and enjoy with us!

Friday 02

NOON Sabreman Carter reads poetry at The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir. Known across SL as a fine poet and reader, this lover of the written word will welcome you in for an hour of verse and light commentary. Do join us! NOTE: all of his tips are donated to Relay for Life in SL, a generous act that we admire.

So as you can see, it’s quite a week going at Ce Soir. Creep on over – and don’t forget to set your Sun to “Use Region Settings” so that you can enjoy the eerie environment all the more!

See you at Ce Soir where you can be inspired…tonight!