The Bald Soprano

Play

Writers: Eugene Ionesco

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1950
Genres
Farce
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
An English interior of a middle-class English home. An English evening.
Cast Size
small
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes

Includes adult characters

Synopsis

Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano is a masterful classic of the Theatre of the Absurd. One English evening, an English couple, the Smiths, sit in their English home after an English supper, awaiting the arrival of their English friends, the Martins, for an English dinner party. The Martins arrive and, after puzzling the mystery out for some time, realize that they are husband and wife. The evening begins in a respectable English manner as the couples exchange meaningless anecdotes and tell nonsensical stories. Over the course of the evening, the party slides into chaos as tempers flare and communication breaks down entirely.

Lead Characters


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