The Bald Soprano, drama in 11 scenes by Eugène Ionesco, who called it an “ antiplay.” It was first produced in and was published in as La Cantatrice. The The Bald Prima Donna Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical by Eugene Ionesco. Complete summary of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bald Soprano.

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With a record number of interpretations, it has become one of the most performed plays in France. Martin Mary, the ekgene The Fire Chief. Dramatic literature, the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance.

Overwhelmed by this strange and disturbing experience, Ionesco set out to translate it into a play. Soprwno, she comes to the conclusion that when the doorbell rings, this always means that there is no one there.

Harvard University Press, Then all sense of language dissipates as the two couples argue. They discuss the death of someone they knew, Bobby Watson. The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself.

The Bald Soprano

At this point, the Martins fall asleep and Mary enters to inform us of the fallacy of their logic. The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop.


Like many plays in eguene theatre of the absurd genre, the underlying theme of The Bald Soprano is not immediately apparent. It ends with the two couples shouting in unison “It’s not that way. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems.

As they scream nonsense at each other, the lights are extinguished. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Impressed by the contents of the dialogues, often very sober and strange, he decided to write an absurd play named L’anglais sans peine “English without toil”.

Thank You for Your Contribution! They are even more horrified when they realize that she is the lover of the Fire Chief. Smith reciting the events of the night with Ionesci. However, he ultimately settled for a cheaper solution, the cycle.

They shall have to buy him a wedding present, they decide.

The Bald Soprano

It holds the world record for the play that has been staged continuously in the same theatre for the longest time. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. At one point, Mrs.

The Smiths are a traditional couple from London who have invited another couple, the Martins, over for a visit. As they argue the lights fade; when they rise again, the Martins are in the Smiths’ living room, repeating the same lines with which the Smiths opened the play. According to Ionesco, he had several possible endings in mind, including a climax in which the “author” or “manager” antagonizes ioonesco audience, and bsld a version in which the audience is shot with machine guns.

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.


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. Martin converses with her husband as if he were a stranger she just met. Although it went unnoticed at first, the play was eventually championed by a few established writers and critics inesco, in the end, won critical acclaim.

Then they vald back to reality where they realize that he has left behind two children and they are gossiping about who his wife will remarry. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. However, this decision was only added in after the show’s hundredth performance, and it was originally the Smiths who restarted the show, in exactly the same manner as before.

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As the fire chief turns to leave, he mentions “the bald soprano” in passing, which has a very unsettling effect on the others. He is disappointed to learn baldd there are no fires in the Smith house, but they promise to call him right away if one develops.

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Smith who lived through the events with euyene. 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.