Monday, April 10, 2006

A Flea In Her Ear

We went with some friends to see "A Flea In Her Ear", the classic French farce by Georges Feydeau. I love the man's plays, but I wasn't sure how our friends would like it.

They loved it.

One of them, a professor of atmospheric science, said he usually had trouble following plots, but he had followed this one with ease, even though it was dazzlingly over-complicated. He wondered how the playwright succeeded in doing that. Quite a skill, I thought.

How to plot a farce:
Assemble a million parts
Into a coherent whole
And spin them out of control,
But pull it together and rally
For the big finale.

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