After his acclaimed French debut last year with “The Bee,” news of Hideki Noda’s return to the Theatre National de Chaillot in central Paris with his pop-war-and-Olympian extravaganza “Egg” created quite a buzz of anticipation.

Premiered in 2012 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre where Noda is artistic director, the play starts with a very large, very open stage strewn with debris. Soon, an usherette (played by Noda) arrives, leading a tour group of giggling schoolgirls across and down off the stage, then passing in front and back up stairs on the other side as she explains that this is a theater undergoing renovations — not the ruined future it appeared to be at first sight.

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