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The Bald Soprano and the Lesson (Paperback)
Often called the father of the Theater of the Absurd, Eugene Ionesco wrote groundbreaking plays that are simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and profound. Now his classic one acts "The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson" are available in an exciting new translation by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Tina Howe, noted heir of Ionesco's absurdist vision, acclaimed by Frank Rich as one of the smartest playwrights we have. In "The Bald Soprano" Ionesco throws together a cast of characters including the quintessential British middle-class family the Smiths, their guests the Martins, their maid Mary, and a fire chief determined to extinguish all fires including their hearths. It's an archetypical absurdist tale and Ionesco displays his profound take on the problems inherent in modern communication. "The Lesson" illustrates Ionesco's comic genius, where insanity and farce collide as a professor becomes increasingly frustrated with his hapless student, and the student with his mad teacher.