Westport Country Playhouse will stage the lavish, large-cast comedy, “A Flea in Her Ear,” newly adapted by David Ives from the original by Georges Feydeau, and directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. Fresh from a sold-out run by Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players (REP), a professional theater located at the University of Delaware, the co-production with the REP will run in Westport from July 10 – 28.
“I’ve loved the brilliantly dizzy comedies of Georges Feydeau for many years,” said Lamos. “I was thrilled to be able to stage his most popular, ‘A Flea in Her Ear,’ for the REP, a resident company of finely tuned and versatile actors, who will repeat their success on the Playhouse stage.”
Lamos added, “Writing at the very beginning of the last century, Feydeau’s genius would inspire such artists as Max Sennet, Laurel and Hardy, and Charlie Chaplin, and continue to create laughter in productions around the world. Playwright David Ives has adapted the comedy with a touch that is as light as a soufflé and as physical as a ballet.”
Set in Paris in 1907, the bawdy bedroom comedy is about a Parisian wife who gets “a flea in her ear” that her husband is cheating on her. She turns to her best friend to help gain proof. Together, they compose an anonymous love note to set up a phony rendezvous, instigating a whirlwind of wild accusations, mistaken identities, and ribald misunderstandings.
Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1 in Westport. For more information, visit westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.
Photos by Evan Krape