The Bald Soprano Officially Opens at the Pearl Sept. 25

News   The Bald Soprano Officially Opens at the Pearl Sept. 25
Bradford Cover, Rachel Botchan, Jolly Abraham and Brad Heberlee play with linguistic déjà vu in the Pearl Theatre Company production of Eugène Ionesco's absurdist masterwork The Bald Soprano, which officially opens Off-Broadway Sept. 25 after previews that began Sept. 13 at City Center Stage II.

Dan Daily and Robin Leslie Brown
Dan Daily and Robin Leslie Brown Photo by Jacob J. Goldberg

Hal Brooks, who has previously staged Nilaja Sun's Obie Award-winning work No Child… and consulted for Colin Quinn's Broadway outing in Long Story Short, directs the production that will run through Oct. 23.

The cast includes Pearl company members Abraham (Mrs. Martin), Botchan (Mrs. Smith), Robin Leslie Brown (Mary), Cover (Mr. Smith), Dan Daily (The Fire Chief), as well as guest actor Heberlee (Mr. Martin).

According to the Pearl, "The play is renowned for its comic caricatures and absurd hilarity. When Ionesco attempted a self-taught English language program in the 1940s, he was startled by how banal, uncommunicative, and absurd the phrases he was learning were. And what he called a 'tragedy of language' became the basis for his first play. Set in a bourgeois English household, the comedy displays the bizarre and comic disintegration of language and communication. The title is thought to have originated from a verbal slip-up by an actor during the original rehearsal period."

The design team includes Harry Feiner (scenic design), Barbara A. Bell (costume design), Stephen Petrilli (lighting design) and M.L. Dogg (sound design).

For tickets, phone (212) 581-1212 or visit PearlTheatre. New York City Center Stage II is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Brad Heberlee and Jolly Abraham
Brad Heberlee and Jolly Abraham Photo by Jacob J. Goldberg
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