Theater of the Absurd comes to Hanoi    
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Theater of the Absurd comes to Hanoi
Jan 11 2019

Renowned Vietnamese stage director Tran Luc and the LucTeam troupe will perform the play “The Bald Soprano” by dramatist Eugène Lonesco at 8pm on January 12 at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem district in Hanoi.

Following two widely-acclaimed plays, “Quan” (“Distraught”) by Vietnamese dramatist Long Chuong and “The Jealousy of Cinderella” (La Jalousie du Barbouillé) by French dramatist Molière at the Hanoi Opera House and L’Espace in 2017, LucTeam greets the new year of 2019 with a famous play from the Theater of the Absurd - “La cantatrice chauve” (The Bald Soprano).

The Bald Soprano is a drama in eleven scenes and which Ionesco called an “antiplay”. It was first produced in 1950 and was published in 1954 as La Cantatrice chauve. The title can also be translated as “The Bald Prima Donna”. The one-and-a-half-hour play, an important example of the Theater of the Absurd, consists mainly of a series of meaningless conversations between two couples that eventually deteriorate into babbling.

Eugène Lonesco (1990-1994), a Romanian-born French dramatist, inspired a revolution in dramatic techniques and helped inaugurate the Theater of the Absurd and is considered among the most important dramatists of the 20th century.

By performing a famous play from a famous genre of theater arts - tragicomedy - stage director Tran Luc and the LucTeam troupe bring to Hanoi’s theatrical scene a brand new, exciting performance, a fresh breeze that should be received with enthusiasm.

Tickets range from VND300,000 ($13) to VND500,000 ($21) and VND150,000 ($6.5) for students and members of L’Espace, available at the entrance of L’Espace. Online bookings are available at ticketbox.vn.

VN Economic Times