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Martin converses with her husband as if he were a stranger she just met. That’s because we live near London and our name is Smith.

University of Michigan Press, An interesting story which we read for our French class! At one point, Mrs. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. English Choose a language for shopping.

Harvard University Press, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Product details Hardcover Publisher: Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. They come to the conclusion that they are husband and wife. The play opens on Mrs.

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While working as a proofreader, he decided to learn English; the formal, stilted commonplaces of his textbook inspired the masterly catalog of senseless platitudes that constitutes The Bald Soprano. The lecon is a master piece. The children have drunk English water.


Contact our editors with your feedback. He’s disappointed to find no fire at the Smiths’, but they promise that they’ll call him if one occurs. After entering the room, the Martins realize that they have met each other before. The conversation — and the peace of the day — are scattered by the appearance of one of two rhinoceroses: As the fire chief turns to leave, he mentions “the bald soprano” in passing, which has a very unsettling effect on the others.

The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop. 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.

La cantatrice chauve de Eugène Ionesco

Smith reciting the events of the night with Mr. When the Smiths return they begin to talk about their guests, then the doorbell rings and the Fire Chief enters. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Martin Scorsese, American filmmaker known for his harsh, often violent depictions of American culture.

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Emil Cioran, writer of pessimistic aphorism, and Mircea Eliade, a leading…. Allegedly she is going to name another relative by the same name, but being that they all have the same name and work in the same industry the Smiths have a difficult time figuring out who is who. Then the Martins and the Smiths recite nonsensical truisms.


In The Lessona timid professor uses the meaning he assigns to words to establish tyrannical dominance over an eager female pupil. The other reviewer gives no reason why he didn’t like it other than he didn’t understand iknesco.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. 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.

When the Smiths return, the conversation between the two couples becomes a trading of meaningless and rather mindless facts, with a number of mock exclamatory words of surprise for the most banal details, as if, again, Ionesco is parodying these bourgeois types.

Je ne vous suivrai pas, je ne vous comprends pas. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: With a record number of interpretations, it has become one of eubene most performed plays in France.