The Bald Soprano

Written in 1950, Eugene Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano, was a seminal work of Absurdist theatre. Today, it is celebrated around the world as a modern classic for its imagination and sui generis theatricality.

The Bald Soprano

The Bald Soprano

This Absurdist masterpiece by the author of Rhinoceros “is explosively, liberatingly funny...a loony parody with a climax which is an orgy of non-sequiturs” (The Observer). Written in 1950, Eugene Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano, was a seminal work of Absurdist theatre. Today, it is celebrated around the world as a modern classic for its imagination and sui generis theatricality. A hilarious parody of English manners and a striking statement on the alienation of modern life, it was inspired by the strange dialogues Ionesco encountered in foreign language phrase books. Ionesco 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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The Bald Soprano
Language: en
Pages: 162
Authors: Eugène Ionesco
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-03-31 - Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

This Absurdist masterpiece by the author of Rhinoceros “is explosively, liberatingly funny...a loony parody with a climax which is an orgy of non-sequiturs” (The Observer). Written in 1950, Eugene Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano, was a seminal work of Absurdist theatre. Today, it is celebrated around the world as
Hunger and Thirst, and Other Plays
Language: en
Pages: 172
Authors: Eugène Ionesco
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 1969 - Publisher:

Four plays on the difficulty of man's retaining his individuality in modern society.
Rhinoceros and Other Plays
Language: en
Pages: 141
Authors: Eugène Ionesco
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 1960 - Publisher: Grove Press

Presents three dramatic works by the contemporary French experimental playwright: The Leader, The Future Is in Eggs or It Takes all Sorts to Make a World, and Rhinoceros
The Killer, and Other Plays
Language: en
Pages: 159
Authors: Eugène Ionesco
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 1960 - Publisher:

Three plays by the innovative European dramatist examine the nature of evil, literary art, and modern courtship
Rhinoceros
Language: en
Pages: 217
Authors: Eugène Ionesco
Categories: French drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Penguin Books

This volume contains English translations of three plays by Ionesco, one of the founding fathers of the theatre of the absurd. Tragic, farcical, alive and kicking, they can be read as a way to liberation.

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