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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Smith begin to quarrel. They discuss the death of someone they knew, Bobby Watson. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Smith dutifully checks the door only to find there is no one there. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself. The play then shifts back to reality and they realize that Bobby has been dead for four years. Voltaire, soprwno of the greatest of all French writers. The script is charged with non sequiturs that give the impression that the characters are not even listening to each other in their frantic efforts to make their own voices heard.

The Bald Soprano

The play, an important example of the Theatre of the Absurdconsists mainly of a series of meaningless conversations between two couples that eventually deteriorate into babbling. They are surprised to find that they are both from the city of Manchester, that they both took the same train to London, that they both traveled third class, that they both reside at No. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems.


Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. The Death of Comedy. The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop. The Bald Soprano play by Ionesco. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Many suggest that it expresses the futility of meaningful communication in modern society.

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Please try again later. 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.

Martin has the same suspicion. With a record number of interpretations, it has become one of the most performed plays in France. soprnao

When the lights come 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. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Retrieved from ” https: Then they shift back to reality where they realize that he has left behind two children and they konesco gossiping about who his wife will remarry.


Ba,d Ionesco had set out to write a tragedy of language, his friends found the little play very amusing and encouraged him to submit it to a theatre for production.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Finally, Mary enters and tells her own story, in xoprano she reveals that she is the lover of the Fire Chief. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

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The Smiths are iohesco traditional couple from London who have invited another couple, the Martins, over for a visit. When the lights rise again, we find the Martins in the Smiths living room, repeating the same lines that the Smiths spoke at the opening of the play. It ends with the two couples shouting in unison “It’s not that way.

When the Smiths return they begin to talk about their guests, then the doorbell rings and the Jonesco Chief enters. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

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