Indianapolis Civic Theatre serves up French farce in their latest Indianapolis theatre offering A Flea in Her Ear by George Feydeau, May 7 to May 23. This quirky French comedy combines both elements of slapstick and comedy of manners in a farce that is sure to tickle your funny bone. Tickets to this Indianapolis performing arts event range from $21.00 to $34.00. Show times are Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Don’t miss this hilarious story on stage at Indianapolis Civic Theatre all month.
Translated by Sir John Mortimer, A Flea in Her Ear is set in Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century. When Raymonde Chandebise begins to suspect her husband, Victor Emmanuel, of infidelity after years of wedded bliss and sexual compatibility, she hatches a plan with her friend and confidant Lucienne. The scheming ladies intend to trick Victor in order to test his faithfulness. Lucienne pens a letter from a nonexistent and anonymous admirer, requesting a meeting at the Hotel Coq d’Or. Raymonde intends to confront her husband at this establishment of notorious reputation.
However, Victor, with no interest in the affair, believes the letter is intended for his friend Tournel. With an eye on Raymonde, Tournel rushes to the hotel to make the appointment. Meanwhile, Victor’s nephew Camille has just had his speech impediment corrected with a new silver palate from Dr. Finache. To celebrate, he and the household Cook also make their way to the Hotel Coq d’Or. The pair are followed by Antoinette’s jealous husband. Dr. Finache also decides to make his way to the dubious hotel, in search of an afternoon rendezvous of his own.
Victor shares the letter with Lucienne’s hot tempered Spanish husband Carlos, who immediately recognizes his wife’s handwriting. Carlos assumes she is trying to start an affair with Victor and rushes to the hotel, swearing revenge. Victor follows after him, hoping to prevent the murder of his wife’s best friend. As each character reaches the hotel in the pursuit of their various goals, chaos and hilarity ensue.
In a series of scenes filled with mistaken identity, revolving beds, a great number of doors opening and closing and unbridled passions, the scheme that Raymonde and Lucienne put in motion backfires in more ways than they could have imagined. Written by Georges Feydeau and translated by Sir John Mortimer, A Flea in Her Ear is a classic of dramatic literature.
Sir John Mortimer’s adaptation of the play was first performed in English in 1966 at the National Theatre. It starred Albert Finnery and Geraldine McEwan. It was broadcast as a teleplay on BBC network in 1967, and marked the television debut of Anthony Hopkins in the role of Etinne Plucheux.
As the final production in Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s 2009-2019 season, A Flea in Her Ear promises to be an entertaining evening in Indianapolis theatre. Head to the campus of Marian University, which Indianapolis Civic Theatre will call home for only a short while longer, to partake in this chaotic French farce.
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A Flea in Her Ear
May 7 to May 23, 2010
Indianapolis Civic Theatre
3200 Cold Spring Road