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Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson

Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson“Brilliantly funny!” (Variety) An intimate evening of two hilarious yet thought-provoking plays, in English and in French (on separate nights, of course). “Magnificent!” raved the master himself. “Your fidelity to my original intent is incredible.” Join us in the newly refurbished Artists’ Entrance Studio Upstairs for this “Wildly and sophisticatedly humorous” (Drama-Logue) evening of theatre.

. Santa Monica Playhouse introduced the works of the iconic playwright to Los Angeles when it first opened its doors, and now they’re back to commemorate the Playhouse’s 57th anniversary. The Bald Soprano, a hilarious comedy of mishaps and manners plays in tandem with The Lesson, a bizarre and darkly humorous indictment of language cum power cum bourgeois education. An extremely limited number of seats are available for each performance. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Chris DeCarlo with Associate Director Serena Dolinsky, featuring Actors’ Repertory Theatre members Dolinsky, Celeste Akiki and Elodie Cammarata, joined by guest artists Elyse Ashton, Tavis L. Baker, Nicola Bertram, Brad Griffith, David Mack, Anatole Odolant, with DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie reprising roles they have performed in every Playhouse Ionesco production for over 40 years.

Ionesco’s works have a special resonance today in our wired and multi-layered society: the comedy and tragedy in our failed attempts to communicate are echoed in the playwright’s use of linguistic degeneration - perfectly represented by The Bald Soprano in which words devolve into nonsensical and cacophonous sounds and by The Lesson, where a professor and student play at wits, nonsense-phrases become the learned truth, and wrong and right are exactly the same. As Ionesco himself said, “Life is a grotesque practical joke constantly pulling away chairs from under man’s dignity and reason.” So hold on to your seats and get ready for a wild, wild ride.

Presenter / Producer: Santa Monica Playhouse

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Theater > Theatrical Comedy

Event Phone: 310-394-9779 x1

Santa Monica Playhouse, The Artists Entrance Studio Upstairs
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica CA 90401

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 7/28/2017 - 8/26/2017
Friday, 07/28/2017
Saturday, 07/29/2017
Friday, 08/04/2017
Saturday, 08/05/2017
Friday, 08/11/2017
Saturday, 08/12/2017
Friday, 08/18/2017
Saturday, 08/19/2017
Friday, 08/25/2017
Saturday, 08/26/2017

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays 8:30pm

English language performances: Fri, July 28 Sat, Aug 5 Fri, Aug 11 Sat, Aug 19 Fri, Aug 25. French language performances: Sat July 29 Fri Aug 4 Sat Aug 12 Fri Aug 18 Sat Aug 26.

Ticket Information:
Gen adm: $30. Discounts for students, teachers, seniors, members of the military and groups of 8 or more. Purchase a ticket for an “English” night and a “French” night and get both for $15 each (must be purchased in one transaction).

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