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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (12 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802130798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802130792
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I just love Ionescu's work. It makes me laugh. On the surface there is a childish simplicity both in the way he views situations and also within his construct, however, what he actually offers is a complex alternative to the standard accepted view of life. Beyond what can be considered as basic humour there is the sadness and melancholy of a man who despairs at the way the world considers everything in two dimensions, a system of control promoted by politicians throughout history and that continues today. Read Ionescu and discover a new view point.
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These plays are so funny that the words become animate right there on the page. The Bald Soprano is a genius look at life through the equally twisted mediums of a) a British couple and b) primary ESL phrases.
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.
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I bought to be able to broaden my knowledge of absurdist monologues that i could perform after summer when i go into the second year of my acting course. I love absurdist theatre and so far Ionesco has not disappointed. Currently making my way through The Bald Soprano and love, hopefully the others will be just as good, if not better..
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Ionesco was a master of the absurd and the plays in this volume are some of the best, particularly 'The Bald Soprano' (his first play) and 'The Chairs'. Unbelievably Ionesco himself didn't realise that 'The Bald Soprano' was comedy until it was first performed and it's title ("La Cantatrice Chauve") was only adopted following a mistake by one of the actors performing in the production.

'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.
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