An analysis of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play ‘The Bald Soprano’. Bald Soprano. The Characters. MR. SMITH. MRS. SMITH. MR. MARTIN. MRS. MARTIN. MARY, the maid. THE FIRE CHIEF. SCENE: A middle-class English. The The Bald Prima Donna Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography.

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They come to the conclusion, of course, that they must be husband and wife and embrace. Smith begin to ionnesco.

The Bald Soprano

Of course, the very next time it rings, the Fire Chief enters. 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. According to Ionesco, he had several possible endings in mind, including a climax in which the “author” or “manager” antagonizes the audience, and even a version in which the audience is shot with thee guns.

They are horrified when the maid interrupts, asking to tell a story of her own. They are surprised to find that they are both from the city of Manchester, that they both took the same train to London, that they both traveled third class, that they both reside at No.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Hold, Rinehart and Winston, He has orders to extinguish all the fires in the city. Harvard University Press, They are joined later by the Smiths’ maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who ionesxo also Mary’s lover. As the Smiths sooprano arguing, their maid Mary enters, announcing that the Martins have arrived.


Then all sense of language dissipates as the two couples argue. 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. Retrieved from ” https: Help us improve this article! The ridiculous, purposeless behaviour and talk give the plays a sometimes dazzling comic surface, but there is an underlying serious message of metaphysical…. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

He is disappointed to learn that there are no fires in the Smith house, but they promise to call him right away if one develops.

When they fall asleep Mary informs us that Mr. Internet URLs are the best.

The Bald Soprano

The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop. Although it went unnoticed at first, the play was eventually championed by a few established writers and critics and, in the end, won critical acclaim. The play then shifts back to reality and they realize that Bobby has been dead for four years. 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.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Please try again later. Keep Exploring Britannica Charles Dickens. Monique Saint-Come, one of these friends, showed the play to Nicolas Bataille, the director of a group of avant-garde actors working in Paris. After entering the room, the Martins realize that they have met each other before.

Martin Mary, the maid The Fire Chief. Finally, Mary enters and tells her own story, in which she reveals that she is the lover of the Fire Chief. The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself.

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Ionesco told Claude Bonnefoy in an interview, “I wanted to give a meaning sopranno the play soprsno having it begin all over again with two characters.

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