The groundbreaking art and extravagant culture of 20th century Paris are all wrapped into the Arden Theatre Company’s resourceful new play by Rogelio Martinez. The fictional account of the famous Wanamaker family—as in the folks behind America’s first department store—uses history to capture the excitement of Paris during 1911. Nathan, the fictional, young and prominent protagonist, travels from his home in Philadelphia to Paris to find the most high-end garments for his family department store when he meets Paul Poiret, the real-life influential fashion designer who had a colossal impact on the French fashion-scene. Nathan is swept away by Poiret’s styles and Paris’s captivating way of life, finding himself in the presence of artistic legends Pablo Picasso and Leo and Gertrude Stein. Including an award-winning design’s team unique and spectacular dresses, the play is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. So get ready for the mind-blowing fashion and festivities that flip Nathan’s world upside down as he is forced to decide what to take back to Philadelphia and how to say goodbye to the splendor of Paris.
Thru May 22. $29-$48. Arden Theatre; Arcadia Stage, 40 N. Second St. 215.922.1122