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The Bald Soprano

The Bald Soprano


by Eugene Ionesco

Analysis: Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Nonsensical, Darkly Comic

The play's characters start out talking about pretty much nothing. The things they say rarely make "logical" sense. As the play progresses, its language cracks apart, becoming a storm of non-sequiturs, clichés, and mutilated aphorisms. Some have said that the play's nonsensical nature presents a cynical view of the ability of the theatre and even language itself to really communicate. Others say that the play reawakens a language that was once dead. We'll let you decide for yourself which is true. Whatever the case, you'll have tons of laughs along the way. This scathing satire is hilarious all the way through.

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