The Bald Soprano, drama in 11 scenes by Eugène Ionesco, who called it an “ antiplay.” It was first produced in and was published in as La Cantatrice. The Bald Soprano is an absurdist play by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco, first performed in French in The play centres on the Smiths. The The Bald Prima Donna Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical by Eugene Ionesco.

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By the s, The Bald Soprano had already been recognized as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

The Bald Soprano

Martin has the same suspicion. Dramatic literature, the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance. Then all sense of language dissipates as the two couples argue. It ends with the two couples shouting in unison “It’s not that way. Bxld, they can’t be husband and wife. The two couples quarrel, but are iinesco to successfully communicate their hostilities as they can no longer harness language to serve their purposes.

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The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems. The final scene contains stage instructions to start the performance over from the very beginning, with the Martin couple substituted for the Smith couple and vice versa.

Alone, the Martins begin to converse. By the s, The Bald Soprano had already been recognized as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd.

Overwhelmed by this strange and disturbing experience, Ionesco set out to translate it into a play. At this point, the Martins fall asleep and Mary enters to inform us of the fallacy of their logic. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Smith replies that “she always styles her hair the same way.

The Bald Soprano

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Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Then they shift back to reality where they realize that he has left behind two children and they are gossiping about who his wife will remarry. There was a problem with your submission. However, no one is able to bld and none of their issues are resolved.

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Eugeme told Claude Bonnefoy in an interview, “I wanted to give a meaning to the play by having it begin all over again with two characters. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.


There was speculation that it was parody around the time of its first performance, but Ionesco states in an essay written to his critics that he had no intention of parody, but if he were parodying anything, it would be everything. In the meantime, they decide to entertain each other by telling stories, none of which seem to make any sense whatsoever.

Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. He began to copy these indisputably true statements in an attempt to learn English, but as he diligently transcribed them into his notebook, they seemed to morph, to lose their original meaning, to expand and overflow.

They are even more horrified when they realize that she is the lover of the Fire Chief. They are joined later by the Smiths’ maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary’s lover.

The Fire Chief excuses himself, and the Smiths and Martins begin to recite nonsensical truisms. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Finally, Mary enters and tells her own story, in which she reveals that she is the lover of the Fire Chief.