"A FLEA IN HER EAR” FRANTIC FUN AT STORRS WITH CRT
By Bonnie Goldberg
Farce is a unique form of comedy that is reminiscent of Abbott and Costello partying with The Three Stooges, only with lots of bedrooms, slamming doors, mistaken identities and a slap dash of romance. The situations are ridiculous, the humor is physical and the dialogue equal parts witty and sexy.
In 1907 Georges Feydeau of France penned the outrageously adorable “A Flea in Her Ear” which has been delightfully adapted by David Ives. Until Saturday, December 11 you are urged to run, not walk, to the Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s outstanding production at the Harriet Jorgensen Theatre on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut.
You will quickly get caught up in the plottings of Raymonde Chandebise (Gretchen Goode) who is convinced her husband Victor (Tom Foran) is cheating on her. To catch him in the act, Raymonde contrives to have her best friend Lucienne (Christina Greer) write him a perfumed love note, urging him to meet his secret admirer at The Frisky Puss Hotel.
The flattered Victor enlists his womanizing friend Tournel (Ryan Guess) to go in his place and the race to comic confusion is on. Add to the mix a smug servant (Brooks Brantley) and his amorous (to others) wife (Michelle Goodman), a doctor with ulterior motives (Philip AJ Smithey), a cousin with a severe speech impediment (Leigh Miller) and the hotel’s accommodating staff and residents (Kevin Coubal, Alison Barton, Kelsea Baker, Brian Patrick Williams and Robert Thompson, Jr.) and you have merry mayhem that is magnificently played upon Cassandra Ireland Beaver’s beautifully appointed set, with lovely costuming by Sachiko Komuro and adapt direction guided by Art Manke.
A pair of suspenders and a bucket of suspicion start off the race, with a wildly jealous husband of Spanish ancestry (Phil Korth) firing the starting gun for hi-jinxs and high comedy. The action spins into revolving bedrooms with laugh-out-loud results.
For tickets ($11-29), call the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Storrs, at 860-486-4226 or www.crt.uconn.edu. Performances are tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Check-in at The Frisky Puss Hotel for some mischief and merriment in this masterpiece of French bedroom farce.