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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The Bald Soprano

Thank You for Your Contribution! 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. They are horrified when the maid interrupts, asking to tell a story of her own. The Death of Comedy. Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. Another working title for the play was Il pleut des chiens et des chats “It’s raining cats and dogs”.

Allegedly she is going to name another relative by the same name, but being that they all have the same name and work in the same industry the Smiths have a difficult time figuring out who is who. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Overwhelmed by this strange and disturbing experience, Ionesco set out to translate it into a play.

The Bald Soprano

In this way the end becomes a new beginning but, since there are two couples sporano the play, it begins the first time with the Smiths and the second time with the Martins, to suggest the interchangeable nature of the characters: The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself. Ionesco sopraon Claude Bonnefoy in an interview, “I wanted to give a meaning to the play by having it begin all over again with two characters.


Martin has the same suspicion. Contact our editors with your feedback. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

As The Bald Soprano opens, Mrs. They come to the sprano that they are husband and wife. He’s disappointed to find no fire at the Smiths’, but they promise that they’ll call him if one occurs. 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 second class, that they both reside at No.

Then they shift back to reality where they realize that he has left behind two children and they are gossiping about who his wife will remarry. Retrieved from ” https: Martin converses with her husband as if he were a stranger she just met.

As they converse with their guests, the doorbell rings repeatedly. The Bald Soprano play by Ionesco.

Suddenly they flash back to when he was alive and engaged to a woman who was also called Bobby Watson. Martin Mary, the maid The Fire Chief. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Monique Saint-Come, one of these friends, showed the play to Nicolas Bataille, the director of a group of avant-garde actors working in Paris.


There was speculation that it was parody around the time of its first performance, but Ionesco states in an essay written to his critics that he had no intention of parody, but if he were parodying anything, it would be everything. He is disappointed to learn that there are no fires in the Smith house, but they promise to call him right away if one develops. Although it went unnoticed at first, the play was eventually bzld by a few ionescl writers and critics and, in the end, won critical acclaim.

Dramatic literature, the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance. In the meantime, they decide to entertain each other by telling stories, none of which seem to make any sense whatsoever. Then the Martins and the Smiths zoprano nonsensical truisms. The idea for the play came balld Ionesco while he was trying to learn English with the Assimil method.

As the fire chief turns to leave, he mentions “the bald soprano” in passing, which has a very unsettling effect on the others. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.