A Flea in Her Ear, With Halstead, Nathan, Scherer and More, Begins in KC; Griffin Directs

News   A Flea in Her Ear, With Halstead, Nathan, Scherer and More, Begins in KC; Griffin Directs Gary Griffin, the Broadway director of The Color Purple and The Apple Tree, stages David Ives' new adaptation of Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear at Kansas City Repertory Theatre May 15-June 7. Opening night is May 22.
Gary Griffin
Gary Griffin

Griffin's cast includes Carol Halstead (as Raymonde Chandebise), Road Show's Anne L. Nathan (Lucienne), John Pasha (Romain Tournel), Avenue Q's Jonathan Root (Camille Chandebise), LoveMusik's John Scherer (Victor Chandebise), Allan Boardman (Baptiste), Martin S. Buchanan (Etienne), Scott Cordes (Ferraillon), Katie Kalahurka (Antoinette), Lauren Lubow (Eugenie), Michelangelo Milano (Rugby), Thom Rivera (Carlos Homenides de Histangua), Mark Robbins (Finache) and Cheryl Weaver (Olympia). *

Feydeau is the master of the French bedroom farce. A Flea in Her Ear (1907), like other plays of the genre, presents "a witty series of misunderstandings, clandestine assignations and misplaced jealousies between husbands, wives and lovers that are played out with precision and breathtaking speed," according to the Rep.

Griffin has worked in New York, London and Chicago, where he is associate artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Griffin has received eight Chicago Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing; his Broadway staging of The Color Purple earned 11 Tony nominations, including one for Best Musical; and his London staging of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and a nomination for Best Director.

The design team includes costume designer Mara Blumenfeld, set designer Jack Magaw, lighting designer Jason Lyons and sound designer John Story.

A Flea in Her Ear completes the 2008-09 season of Kansas City Rep.

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