An analysis of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play ‘The Bald Soprano’. Bald Soprano. The Characters. MR. SMITH. MRS. SMITH. MR. MARTIN. MRS. MARTIN. MARY, the maid. THE FIRE CHIEF. SCENE: A middle-class English. The The Bald Prima Donna Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography.

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Dramatic literature, the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance. When they fall asleep Mary informs us that Mr. While they wait for oonesco to happen they begin telling stories, none of which make sense. The play, an important example of the Theatre ths the Absurdconsists mainly of a series of meaningless conversations between two couples that eventually deteriorate into babbling.

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They are joined later by the Smiths’ maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary’s lover. They discuss the death of someone they knew, Bobby Watson. As they scream nonsense at each other, the lights are extinguished. As they argue the lights fade; when they rise again, the Martins are in the Smiths’ living room, repeating the same lines with which the Smiths opened the play. This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat 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.


Help us improve this article! Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. At one point, Mrs. Then the Martins and the Smiths recite nonsensical truisms. Monique Saint-Come, one of these friends, showed the play to Nicolas Bataille, the director of a group of avant-garde actors working in Paris.

Smith dutifully checks the door only to find there is no one there. 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. 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 this way the end becomes a new beginning but, since there are two couples in the play, it begins the first time with the Smiths and the second time with the Martins, to suggest the interchangeable nature of the characters: Smith reciting the events of the night with Mr.

The Bald Soprano

Impressed by the contents of the dialogues, often very sober and strange, he decided to write an absurd play named L’anglais sans peine “English without toil”.

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However, he ultimately settled for a cheaper solution, the cycle. As The Bald Soprano opens, Mrs. The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop. The play then shifts back to reality and they realize that Bobby has been dead for four years.


When the Smiths return they begin vald talk about their guests, then the doorbell rings and the Fire Chief enters. As the fire chief turns to leave, he mentions “the bald soprano” in passing, which has a very unsettling effect on the others. Hold, Rinehart and Winston, The Fire Chief excuses himself, and the Smiths and Martins begin to recite nonsensical truisms. He is disappointed to learn that there are no fires in the Smith house, but they promise to call him right away if one develops.

The Bald Soprano

Overwhelmed by this strange and disturbing experience, Ionesco set out to translate it into a play. They come to the conclusion that they are husband and wife. Of course, the very next time it rings, the Fire Chief enters. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is sopraano to our final approval.

Smith begin to quarrel. Smith who lived through the events zoprano her. The Death of Comedy.

It ends with the two couples shouting in unison “It’s not that way. When the lights soprnao back on, the scene starts from the beginning with the Martins reciting the Smiths’ lines from the beginning of the play for a while before the curtain closes.

The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself.

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