André de Lorde's Grand Guignolers de Paris continue to terrify in Pasadena.
For the first half of the 20th century, Le Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris reigned as the predominant purveyor of make-believe savagery, peeling away audiences' anxieties to reveal the horror within. These days, André de Lorde's Grand Guignolers de Paris continue to terrify in Debbie McMahon's adults-only interpretation of a children's classic. This year also marks Guignol's 200th birthday, originally created by a French dentist to ease the fear of his patients. Prior to the performance, cake, libations, and a French-language absinthe demonstration commemorate the creation of one of modern puppetry's foremost figures.