A Flea in Her Ear (Shaw, trans.)

by  Barnett Shaw, Georges Feydeau

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 5f

"The play, translated by Shaw, is pure cotton candy and lighter than air." - Variety

This masterpiece of farce is one of the funniest plays ever written. To test her husband's fidelity, Yvonne sends a letter from an imaginary admirer suggesting a hotel assignation and touches off a dizzy string of madcap mixups. …

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A Flea in Her Ear (Shaw, trans.)

by  Barnett Shaw Georges Feydeau

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This masterpiece of farce is one of the funniest plays ever written. To test her husband's fidelity, Yvonne sends a letter from an imaginary admirer suggesting a hotel assignation and touches off a dizzy string of madcap mixups.
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Reviews

"The play, translated by Shaw, is pure cotton candy and lighter than air." - Variety

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Chandel's Home and a hotel.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m, 5f
CAMILLE CHANDEL - The secretary
ANTOINETTE - The maid
ETIENNE - The valet, husband of Antointte
FINACHE - The doctor
LUCIENNE - The Spaniard's wife
YVONNE CHANDEL - The jealous wife
VICTOR-EMMANUEL CHANDEL - The innocent husband 
ROMAIN TOURNDEL - The lover
DON HOMENIDES DE HISTANGUA - The Spaniard
FERRAILLON - The owner
EUGENIE - The maid
OLYMPE - The owner's wife
BAPTISTIN - The decoy
RUGBY - An Englishman, guest at hotel
POCHE - The porter 
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Casting Notes

The role of Poche and Victor-Emmanuel Chandel are played by the same actor.

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Authors

Barnett Shaw

Barnett Shaw

Georges Feydeau

Georges Feydeau (1862 - 1921) was born in France to a well-known Parisian writer. He was influenced from a young age by prominent farcical authors such as Eugène Labiche and Henri Meilhac. His first significant international success, The Lady from Maxim's (La Dame de chez Maxim, 1899) and the monumental A Flea in Her E ...

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A Flea in Her Ear was presented at the ANTA Theatre, New York on September 29, 1969 by the American Conservatory Theatre and was directed by William Ball.

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