Sydney Theatre Company presents
A FLEA IN HER EAR
By Georges Feydeau
In a new adaptation by Andrew Upton
Come for the sex, stay for the farce
In the Paris of the early 1900s, playwright Georges Feydeau was a promiscuous, cocaine-snorting figurehead of the hedonistic counterculture. He was also the consummate humorist of the Belle Époque – A Flea in Her Ear, his key work, has remained in the repertoire of theatre companies around the world since its premiere in 1907.
In a test of her husband’s fidelity, Raymonde Chandebise lures him to a notoriously seedy hotel. From there, everything falls apart. A Flea in Her Ear is an outrageously funny comedy constructed with the technical precision and beauty of a Swiss watch.
Farce can be a misunderstood genre, but this production has two of Australia’s finest theatre-makers at the helm. Andrew Upton’s unerring ear for the comic and the colloquial meets its perfect match in the deft hands of director Simon Phillips ...more