Inclusive Dates: 1997 - 1998
Roundabout Theatre Company mounted Georges Feydeau's A Flea In Her Ear (co-adapted by Jean-Marie Besset and Mark O'Donnell) at the Criterion Center Laura Pels Theatre, with previews beginning February 11, opening night March 5, and closing night May 10, 1998.
Robert L. Daniels, writing for Variety, said of the production: "A Flea in Her Ear, the Roundabout Theater [sic] Company's delicious and stylish romp through Georges Feydeau's timeless French farce, reaches a new plateau of zaniness with a versatiile ensemble of resourceful actors under the inspired direction of master fool Bill Irwin." (Daniels, Variety, March 9-15, 1998)
Directed by Bill Irwin with sets by Douglas Stein, costumes by Bill Kellard, lighting by Nancy Shertler and sound by Tom Morse.
Shaun Powell played Camille Chandebise, Camilia Sanes played Ninette, Michael Countryman played Etienne, Richard B. Shull played Dr. Migraine, Julie Dretzin played Lucie Homenides de Histingua, Kali Rocha played Constance Chandebise, Mark Linn-Baker played Victor Chandebise and Dodo, Bruce MacVittie played Tournel, Mark McKinney played Carlos Homenides de Histingua, James Lally played Justin Battalion, Virginia Louise Smith played Ginette, Alice Playten played Olympia Battalion, George Hall played Baptistin, Wally Dunn played Rugby. Understudies: Sara Bakker, Bobby Cannavale, Saxon Palmer.
Georges Feydeau's A Flea In Her Ear was first produced in Paris in 1907 and is one of the most popular plays written as French farce. A Flea In Her Ear had its American premiere in a German version in New York at the Irving Place Theatre by a German-language stock company. In 1966, the National Theatre at the Old Vic in London produced a well-received production which featured Laurence Olivier in the role of Etienne, the Butler. In 1969, San Francisco's Actor's Conservatory Theatre produced the play and used it to open their visiting season in New York.
Production files housed in one Hollinger box containing 13 folders, 3 playbills and select marketing flyers. The collection contains the script, performance reports, and selections of materials detailing the management and artistic vision for the play (costume and set documentation).
Photograph file contains black and white prints, black and white contact sheets from opening night, and select color slides.
Corresponding electronic file contains scanned playbill, digital photographs, scanned press clippings, show art, and scanned education study guide.
Stack of window cards is housed in poster collection.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: A Flea In Her Ear 1998, Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Library of Congress Subject Heading Feydeau, Georges, 1862-1921. Works. Selections. English. 1986Roundabout Theatre CompanyHaimes, ToddRichard, EllenBesset, Jean-MarieO'Donnell, Mark, 1954-Linn-Baker, MarkCountryman, MichaelHall, George, 1916-2002Lally, James, 1956-MacVittie, BruceMcKinney, Mark, 1961-Phillips, AngiePlayten, AlicePowell, Shaun, 1960-Rocha, Kali, 1971-Shull, Richard B., 1929-1999Stein, DouglasIrwin, Bill, 1950-French farcesTheater--New York (State)--New YorkCannavale, BobbyTheaters--New York (State)