There was an attempt, on the part of the Theater of the Absurd theorists, to look to Feydeau as a forerunner. But I have trouble seeing it.
Mostly he begins with the principle enunciated by Walter Scott:
What a tangled web we weaveHe then throws in the principle that simple failures lead to complex messes:
When first we practice to deceive.
Your striving can be your own undoing,I suppose the similarity is that Feydeau's characters often feel like they're in a world gone mad, even though the audience knows exactly why and wherefore.
when you start by misconstruing.
In his defense
his crazy fun
somehow makes sense
when it's all done.