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Absurdity sings in Ionesco's 'The Bald Soprano'

September 27, 2011 • Entertainment


In this theater image released by Pearl Theatre Company, Brad Heberlee, left, and Jolly Abraham are shown in a scene from “The Bald Soprano,” in New York. (AP Photo/Pearl Theatre Company, Jacob J. Goldberg)

NEW YORK (AP) — A “failure to communicate” does not even begin to describe what we have here.

The Pearl Theatre Company’s rousing production of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist classic “The Bald Soprano” is a dreamlike symphony of nonsensical speech and disjointed associations, all intended to expose just how hopeless human communication really is.

The bizarre comedy opened Sunday at off-Broadway’s New York City Center and, for better or worse, is sure to send theatergoers away wondering, “What just happened?”

The Romanian-born, French-raised Ionesco wrote the existential farce in 1948 and it remains an enduring staple of the dramatic genre known as theater of the absurd. In Login to read more

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