The Paw Print
This Friday, Adams State theatre building was packed full for the opening night of A Flea in her Ear, a comedy that kept the audience laughing the whole way through.
The play, a French farce set in the early 1900’s, centers on the happily married Raymonde Chandebise (Bethany Hernandez), who, after being happily married for several years, becomes worried about her husband’s sudden lack of intimacy. After receiving a pair of his suspenders in the mail from a risqué hotel called the Frisky Puss, Raymonde enlists her close friend Lucienne (Chloe Flores) to help set up an elaborate plan to catch her husband, Victor Emmanuel (John Hauser).
Lucienne writes a letter to Victor, but when the letter arrives, Victor believes it is meant for his friend Tournel (Travis Hennager), who leaves to go meet the mystery woman.
Unbeknownst to Victor, Tournel has feelings for his wife. Victor also shows the letter to Lucienne’s husband, a violent and passionate Spaniard named Carlos Homenides de Histangua (Lucas Schoenemann), who recognizes his wife’s handwriting. Carlos then rushes to the Frisky Puss to kill Lucienne for betraying him.
As the rest of the play goes on, more and more instances of confusion arise that add fuel to the fire of uncertainty. The truth is discovered, lies are exposed, and hilarious scenarios ensue that guarantee a good laugh from anyone.
Lisa Tyma, part of the tech crew that worked behind the scenes to move the set, thoroughly enjoyed not only the show, but also working along side the actors to make the play possible.
“Working backstage is a team effort. The set pieces are big and heavy, and it takes a lot of organization. The nice thing is if someone is struggling, everyone else on the crew is willing to jump in and lend a hand.”
Regarding the show, Lisa had nothing but good praise.
“It is a hilarious show. I like that it expresses how easily people jump to conclusions.”
Freshman Natasha Vidger, who attended the play on its opening night, was pleased with the show, and is looking forward to going to see it again.
“I was really surprised,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. I thought it was going to have a more serious tone about it, but I laughed the whole time. I’m definitely going to see it again. It is just too good to pass up.”
A local family that also attended the show the past weekend accompanied their good review with a light warning.
“It was so good,” said Christine Vasquez, who brought her two children to see it. “I was laughing so hard I was in tears. But just a precaution, I would advise leaving the young ones at home. Most of the jokes went over their head, though, so it was still an enjoyable night.”
A Flea in her Ear will be playing April 27, 28, May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. It is advised to call ahead to reserve tickets just to be sure that space is available. For more information, or to reserve your tickets, please call 587-TIXX (8499).