The Bald Soprano, and Other Plays

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Grove Press, 1982 - Drama - 160 pages
80 Reviews
The leading figure of absurdist theater and one of the great innovators of the modern stage, Eugène Ionesco (1909-94) did not write his first play, The Bald Soprano, until 1950. He went on to become an internationally renowned master of modern drama, famous for the comic proportions and bizarre effects that allow his work to be simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and profound. As Ionesco has said, “Theater is not literature. . . . It is simply what cannot be expressed by any other means.”
  

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There is no visible plot. - Goodreads
Located in The Bedford introduction to Drama. - Goodreads
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While all four plays are fantastic, The Bald Soprano stands as my personal favorite bit of theatre. Read full review

Review: The Bald Soprano and Other Plays

User Review  - James Taylor - Goodreads

While all four plays are fantastic, The Bald Soprano stands as my personal favorite bit of theatre. Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Eugene Ionesco, born in Romania in 1912, is known as the father of the theater of the absurd. He grew up in France and Romania, settling in France in 1939. His first play, The Bald Soprano, satirized the deadliness of life frozen in meaningless formalities. Some of his other important plays include The Lesson, The Chairs, Rhinoceros, and Hunger and Thirst. His novel Le Solitaire was the basis for the 1971 film La Vase in which Ionesco played the lead. Eugene Ionesco was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1970. He died in 1994.

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