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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Internet URLs are the best. Martin announces that he is certain they have met somewhere before. Then the Martins and the Smiths recite sopeano truisms. He’s disappointed to find no fire at the Smiths’, but they promise that they’ll call him if one occurs. The idea for the play came to Ionesco while he was trying to learn English with the Assimil method.

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They are even more horrified when they realize that she is the lover of the Fire Chief. Ionesco told Claude Bonnefoy in an interview, so;rano wanted to give a meaning to the play by having it begin all over again with two characters.

Suddenly they flash back to when he was alive and engaged to a woman who was also called Bobby Watson. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. 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. Back to Ionesco Index. Another working eugens for the play was Il pleut des chiens et des chats “It’s raining cats and dogs”. Although Ionesco sopranp 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.


Siprano ends with the two couples shouting in unison “It’s not that way. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. La apa Vavilonului in Romanian.

The Bald Soprano

Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. Smith reciting the events of the night with Mr.

They shall have to buy him a wedding present, they decide. When they fall asleep Mary informs us that Mr.

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. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems.

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. 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”. As the Smiths retire to change clothes, Mary shows the Martins into the room. By the s, The Bald Soprano had already been recognized as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd.

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. The play, an important example of the Theatre of bakd Absurdconsists mainly of a series of meaningless conversations between two couples that eventually deteriorate into babbling.


When the Smiths return they begin to talk about their guests, then the doorbell rings and the Fire Chief enters. Contact our editors with your feedback.

The ridiculous, purposeless behaviour and talk give the plays a sometimes dazzling comic surface, but there is an underlying serious message rugene metaphysical…. The play then shifts back to reality and they realize that Bobby has been dead for four years. Retrieved from ” https: Dramatic literature, the texts of plays that can be read, as distinct from being seen and heard in performance. Then all sense of language dissipates as the two couples argue. The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself.

You may find it helpful soptano search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. As they argue the lights fade; when they rise again, the Martins are in the Smiths’ eugenf room, repeating the same lines with which the Smiths opened the play. In the meantime, they decide to entertain each other by telling stories, none of which seem to make any sense whatsoever.

The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.