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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The idea for the play came to Ionesco while he was trying to learn English with the Assimil method. Allegedly she is going to name another relative by the same gald, 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.

According to Ionesco, he had several possible endings in mind, including a climax in which the “author” ionesdo “manager” antagonizes the audience, and even a version in which the audience is shot with machine guns. Martin has the same suspicion. Martin announces that he is certain they have met somewhere before. There was a problem with your submission.

After entering the room, the Martins realize that they have met each other before. In this way the end becomes a new beginning but, since there are two couples in 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: Many suggest that it expresses the futility of meaningful communication in modern society.

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As The Bald Soprano opens, Mrs. Suddenly they flash back to when he was alive and engaged to a woman who was also called Bobby Watson. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. Then the Martins and the Smiths recite nonsensical truisms. Most of the problems, and much of the…. Eventually, she comes to the conclusion that when the doorbell rings, this slprano means that there is no one there.


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They are joined later by the Smiths’ maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary’s lover. He is disappointed to learn that there are no fires in the Smith eugrne, but they promise to call him right away if one develops. Harvard University Press, Smith replies that “she always styles her hair the same way. Then all sense of language dissipates as the two couples argue.

The Bald Soprano

Finally, Mary enters and tells her own story, in which she reveals that she is the lover of the Fire Chief. They come to the conclusion that they are husband and wife. Smith who lived through the events with her. The obvious eygene in this primer, meant for the novice English speaker, struck Ionesco with their astonishing simplicity and truth.

They come to the conclusion, of course, that they must be husband and wife and embrace. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: As the Smiths are arguing, their maid Mary enters, announcing that the Martins have arrived.

The play opens on Mrs. Ionesco told Claude Bonnefoy in an interview, “I wanted to give a meaning to the play by having it begin all over again with two characters.

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.

Contact our editors with your feedback. As they argue the lights fade; when they rise again, the Martins are in the Smiths’ living room, repeating the same lines with which the Smiths opened the play. The two couples quarrel, but are unable to successfully communicate their hostilities as they can no longer harness language to serve their purposes. La apa Vavilonului in Romanian.


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. Although Ionesco had 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. At this point, the Martins fall asleep and Mary enters to inform us of the fallacy of their logic.

It ends with the two couples shouting in unison “It’s not that way. It holds the world record for the play that has been staged continuously in the same theatre for the longest time.

He’s disappointed to find no fire at the Smiths’, but they promise that they’ll call him if one occurs. However, he ultimately settled for a cheaper solution, the cycle. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems. 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”.

The script is charged with non sequiturs that give the impression that the characters are not even listening to each other in their frantic efforts to make their own voices heard. Charles Xoprano, English novelist, generally bapd the greatest of the Victorian era. Overwhelmed by this strange and disturbing experience, Ionesco set out to translate it into a play.

However, no one is able to communicate and none of their issues are resolved. The ridiculous, purposeless behaviour and talk give the plays a sometimes dazzling comic surface, but there is an underlying serious message of metaphysical….