The Bald Soprano And The Lesson: Two Plays -- A New Translation
Publish Date: 2007-09-10
Author: Eugene Ionesco
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Often called the father of the Theater of the Absurd, Eugne Ionesco wrote groundbreaking plays that are simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and profound. Now his classic one acts The Bald Soprano and The Lesson are available in an exciting new translation by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Tina Howe, noted heir of Ionescos absurdist vision, acclaimed by Frank Rich as one of the smartest playwrights we have. In The Bald Soprano Ionesco throws together a cast of characters including the quintessential British middle-class family the Smiths, their guests the Martins, their maid Mary, and a fire chief determined to extinguish all fires including their hearths. Its an archetypical absurdist tale and Ionesco displays his profound take on the problems inherent in modern communication. The Lesson illustrates Ionescos comic genius, where insanity and farce collide as a professor becomes increasingly frustrated with his hapless student, and the student with his mad teacher.