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On Stage

Thursday, April 24, 2008

'Flea in Her Ear' is raucous fun

The Buena Vista University Theatre spring play "A Flea in Her Ear" takes a bit of patience.

But once this slightly bawdy tale of questionable fidelity and mistaken identities gets set up in the first act, things really start moving.

One long, tumultuous scene turns actors into track stars, racing in criss-crossing style in and out of a set in a seedy hotel, escaping from jealous spouses, colliding, brawling and even piggy-back riding.

Along the way, there is plenty of exceptional period character acting, excellent costuming an ambitious sets, and an ending twist. Oh, and the revolving bed is a must-see.

It's a lot of entertainment for the five bucks admission.

Based on a 1907 story by Georges Feydeau, "A Flea in her Ear" revolves around the suspicions of Madame Raymonde Chandebise, who notes a recent lack of affection from husband Victor, and mistakenly beliueves he is having an affair. To prove herself right, she sends him an anonymous letter inviting him to a romantic rendezvous. Misinterpreting the sentiment, he sends his friend Tournel, a noted womanizer, in his place, and comic complications quickly reach epic proportions.

You can catch "Flea" tonight, Friday and Saturday at Anderson Auditorium, 8 p.m. each night.

BVU has been talking about doing the French farce for a couple of years, Director Bethany Larson says.

"It's set in the 1930s, which is a favorite time period for me," she adds. "The fashions and the mannerisms are so neat, and our actors have been fantastic. We have a real mix of graduating seniors and new people, and they all have brought so much to their characters."

Keep a special eye on those costumes - Larson and her students made most of them themselves.