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The Bald Soprano at The Bethany Mission Gallery




The Bethany Mission Gallery

1527 Brandywine Street

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Praised as a modern classic and one of the first major works of the Theatre of the Absurd, the play is renowned for its comic caricatures and absurd hilarity. When Ionesco attempted a self-taught English language program in the 1940s, he was startled by how banal, uncommunicative, and absurd the phrases he was learning were. And what he called a "tragedy of language" became the basis for his first play. Set in a bourgeois English household, the comedy displays the bizarre and comic disintegration of language and communication. The title is thought to have originated from a verbal slip-up by an actor during the original rehearsal period. The Bald Soprano has been in continuous performance in Paris since 1957 making it one of the longest continuously running theatre productions in the world.

News About The Bald Soprano at The Bethany Mission Gallery

IRC Presents Ionesco's THE BALD SOPRANO
January 07, 2020

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia's critically acclaimed theater company known for intelligent and accessible interpretations of classic absurdist works, will present Ionesco's anti-play tackling communication gone awry as part of Philadelphia Theatre Week 2020.  The Bald Soprano will run for eight shows only, opening Thursday, February 6 @ 7:30 pm and running through Sunday, February 16 @ 2:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm.  Tickets for all performances @, 215.285.0472 or

IRC Announces 2020 Season
November 21, 2019

Two seldom-performed plays: one by dazzling Irish storyteller Enda Walsh, one by Pulitzer-winning American playwright Tennessee Williams, plus a remounting of the IRC's 2017 Fringe success from the grandfather of Absurdism usher in the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's 2020 season, their 15th in the Philadelphia region.

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