A Flea in Her Ear

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Hern, 2000 - Drama - 138 pages
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The wife of an insurance magnate, suspicious that her husband is having an affair, sends him a lascvicious invitation from an "anonymous" admirer, just to see if he'll show. The action of A Flea in Her Ear, one of the best-known French farces, takes us to the sleazy Lanterne Rouge Hotel with a fine crop of mocking, mistaking, insulting, groping, kicking and mimicing, all in a spanking new translation.

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This little play really surprised me! My edition gave me no clue as to its content, though I was able to distantly recall the name Feydeau as being related to the Bell Epoque era. This farce proved ... Read full review

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Georges Feydeau (1862-1921) a tres tot neglige ses etudes pour se consacrer au theatre. Encourage par Labiche, la representation de sa premiere grande piece, "Tailleur pour dames", au Theatre de la Renaissance, a ete bien accueillie.A travers une production tres abondante (pres d'une piece par an), il a renouvele le genre du vaudeville en proposant une etude plus approfondie des caracteres. Il a ainsi aborde le genre de la vraie comedie avec "Le Bourgeon" (1906) et "La main passe" (1907) mais a surtout excelle dans des pieces en un acte, farces conjugales reposant sur des moyens volontairement rudimentaires et neanmoins reellement droles du fait du jeu des artifices et des quiproquos, a l'image de "Feu la mere de madame, On purge bebe" (1910), "Mais n'te promene donc pas toute nue" ! (1912; Mille et une nuits, 2001).

Kenneth McLeish was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 10, 1940. He studied music and the classics at Worcester College, Oxford University. Before becoming a full-time author and translator in 1975, he worked as a teacher. He wrote and edited literary guides and cultural companions. His works included Theatre of Aristophanes, Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought, Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Myth, Guide to Greek Drama, and The Pocket Guide to Shakespeare. He also wrote Listeners' Guide to Classical Music with his wife. He translated all 47 of the surviving classical Greek plays as well as individual plays by other playwrights. He also wrote a number of original plays and filmscripts including Orpheus and Vice at the Vicarage and adapted The Oresteia with Frederic Raphael for a BBC Television production entitled The Serpent's Tongue. He died on November 28, 1997 at the age of 57.

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