George Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear, in a return revival 10 years after the comedy made a splash at Houston's Alley Theatre, ends its run on the Large Stage March 24. Artistic director Gregory Boyd directs the Alley's resident company in the classic farce, which opened Feb. 28.
James Black (Not About Nightingales) stars as Victor-Emmanuel Chandebise, the husband put to the test with an anonymous love letter by his suspicious wife Raymonde, played by Kimberly King. When the innocent Chandebise sends his lothario friend Romain Tournel (Todd Waite) to the Pink Pussy Cat Hotel in his stead, mistaken identities and chance meetings betweens husbands and wives and wives and lovers dissolve into comic chaos. One of the greatest writers of farce, Feydeau's works include Le Dindon, La Dame de Chez Maxim and On Purge Bebe.
Other Alley resident company members featured in the cast are James Belcher (Finache), Bettye Fitzpatrick (Olympe), Elizabeth Heflin (Lucienne), Paul Hope (Etienne), Charles Krohn (Feraillon), Ty Mayberry (Rugby), David Rainey (Baptistin), Laura Heisler (Eugenie), Teri Lamm (Antoinette), Noble Shropshire (Don Homenides) and Jaimson Stern (Camille).
Designing the play are Tony Straiges (sets), Kevin Rigdon (lighting), Jeanne Button (costumes) and Malcolm Nicholls (sound).
Performances began Feb. 23. Tickets to A Flea in Her Ear are $49-$19. The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue. For reservations, call (713) 228-8421 or (800) 259-ALLE. The Alley Theatre is on the web at http://www.alleytheatre.com. -- By Christine Ehren