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At the Pussycat Motel

By Dr. Pamela Washington All the characters from Act I end up at the Pussycat Motel, but a whole group of people call the Pussycat home. What type of person would live and work in a place like the Pussycat? Owner Ferrallion and his wife Olympia (the leather lioness), represent divergent responses to violence and […]

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10 Reasons to see “A Flea in Her Ear”

By Dr. Pamela Washington There is a double—one is prim and proper—the other—not so much; Laura and Maria—think Lucy and Ethel; 9 doors which slam, hide, expose and reveal; A mauve letter; The Pussycat Motel has a new jungle room; Doctor Finache can cure anything with simple household products; Senior Homenides De Histangua is a […]

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Meet Our Directors

By Dr. Pamela Washington In both of the previous posts about “A Flea in Her Ear,” I’ve talked about the physical comedy of farce, but I haven’t introduced the two people who are bring the frantic physical activity to life. This post is a mini-interview with the two women who are sharing the directing duties. […]

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Why Is Farce Funny?

By Dr. Pamela Washington At rehearsal of A Flea in Her Ear last night, I witnessed the physicality of farce at its best and couldn’t help but laugh out loud when Histangua kicks Chandler into a closet threatening him with a gun and again when Laura aggressively backs Tournel onto a desk. I went home […]

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Movement in Feydeau’s “A Flea in Her Ear”

By Dr. Pamela Washington The bedroom farce, as a genre, requires slamming doors, people appearing and disappearing through them, and quite a bit of physical confusion.  The mechanics of misunderstanding are starting to come together in the blocking of the UCO Theatre Arts Department’s first season offering, “A Flea in Her Ear.”  A French farce […]

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