"The Bald Soprano", and Other Plays Paperback – 12 Jan 1994
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About the Author
Eugene Ionesco (1909-1994) wrote more than twenty plays, as well as many stories, memoirs, and theoretical essays, and was elected a member of the French Academy. Rhinoceros and The Leader are literary landmarks. Tina Howe's best-known plays include Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, and Pride's Crossing. She has been awarded an Obie, a New York Drama Circle Critics' Award, as well as a Tony nomination, and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Award.
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The Lesson says everything about the teacher/student relationship that there is to say, and unlike those four years of college, is comparatively briefer and incomparably pithier.
Jack is Ionesco's takeoff on marriage, an already bizarre and inhuman relationship to begin with, but stripped of the phoniness and presented unsalted, unseasoned, oozing and raw.
Mr. Allen's translation is so good it's...funny. You will enjoy reading these plays, or have to face the fact that you and great literature were not cut out for one another.
'The Bald Soprano' takes place over one evening at the house of Mr and Mrs Smith who have invited their friends Mr and Mrs Martin over for dinner. These characters are joined by the Smiths' maid, Mary, who at one point declares herself to be Sherlock Holmes and the local fire chief. The play tackles the banalities of modern life, characterised by the meaningless banter between the characters. The concepts of time and language are also targets of Ionesco's absurdist philosophy.
In the lesson, language is again the tackled by the author. In this case the meaning behind words and how language can be used as a tool of power. It takes place in the flat of The Professor who is expecting a new pupil. The Professor is old and weak at the start of the play but grows stronger throughout with his use of language while the pupil is progressively weakened. Again, the play is very funny through the way it deals with the challenges of language and its use of non-sequiturs (a common characteristic of Ionesco's plays).
In 'Jack, or the Submission' , Jack is encouraged by his family, the Jack family, to marry Roberta, who has two noses. But Jack insists that two noses is not enough and that he will only marry a woman with three noses. Luckily the Roberta's family, the Roberts, have a second daughter Roberta II with three noses.Read more ›
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A great product, great condition, liked the plays, especially the bald soprano since I've seen it many times. Love it.Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by james wray
Ionesco's "la cantantrice chauve" (the Bald Soprano ) is one of absourd theater classic plays. It is a play that everybody who is interested in theater should read. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 1998