Augustana College will present Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano," directed by senior Jonathan Quigley, April 16-19.
The play is a satire on the English middle-class, in which "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" talk to each other at cross-purposes, while their guests, "Mr. and Mrs. Martin" fail to understand, and the maid and a fire chief enter the absurd fray, getting nowhere at all.
This is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco. Since 1957 it has been in permanent showing at the Théâtre de la Huchette, which calls it "An autopsy of contemporary society conveyed through the trivial and absurd statements exchanged between two couples."
"The Bald Soprano" holds the world record for the play that has been staged continuously in the same theatre for the longest time. With a record number of interpretations, it has become one of the most performed plays in France.
Heidi A. Honkamp Myhre Black Box
Brunner Theatre Center
3750 7th Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61201
$10; $7 for children and seniors; $5 for all students and Augustana employeesBuy online