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 chaos. Perhaps because of his military experience in Korea, Ferrallion dishes out violence at every opportunity, but there is a complex psychology at play in Ferrallion. Potts was under his command in Korea, and Ferrallion seems to dish out military style violence to him, but he also continues to employ Potts even though he is an alcoholic and in some ways incompetent. The same is true with Bernard, Ferrallion’s alcoholic uncle whose moaning—well enough said about that. In Ferrallion, our playwright, Feydeau has created a very complicated psychological portrait. . . .