Synopsis

A Flea in Her Ear

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David Ives from Georges Feydeau

Published by Dramatists Play Service

9 Male 5 Female

Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor, a placid and successful insurance executive, is secretly having an affair

To find out, she and her friend Lucienne write him an anonymous love letter suggesting a rendezvous at the shady Frisky Puss Hotel

Thinking the letter was intended for his co-worker, the gigolo Tournel, Victor sends Tournel off to make the rendezvous in his place

Lucienne's jealous Spanish husband, meanwhile, finds the letter, recognizes his wife's handwriting and takes his pistols to the Frisky Puss, hoping to catch her in the act

Meanwhile, Victor's nephew Camille tries to warn everyone about the mix-up, but his ridiculous speech impediment prevents anyone from understanding him

In Act Two, all decamp to the Frisky Puss where, it turns out, the drunken bellboy Poche is the exact double of the proper Victor Chandebise

Meeting Poche and thinking she's been caught by her husband, Raymonde keeps trying to escape from the hotel with Tournel, but a revolving bed keeps flinging them from room to room, as more and more of the involved parties pile into the hotel in a climax culminating in the entrance of the jealous Spaniard and his pistols

In Act Three the vortex spins even faster as all the parties return to the Chandebise home utterly confused about what actually happened and who was who at the Frisky Puss

The drunken bellboy arrives, is mistaken once again for Victor, and all the threads of the multiple mix-ups are sorted out as Victor and Raymonde recognize their mutual confusions and are reunited

Winner of a 2006 Jefferson Award for best adaptation

"Ives' adaptation maintains the original's dazzling plot while communicating Feydeau's playful use of language to an American audience" ~ BackStage " ... an hilarious evening of classic comedy" ~ Chicago Critic

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