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Farce at its finest with revolving beds, slamming doors, rampaging husbands, suspicious spouses, mayhem and misunderstandings!


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company finishes its 25th Anniversary Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with a new version of Georges Feydeau’s farce by David Ives, A Flea in Her Ear. The production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Director of Creative Education and Outreach, Jeremy Dubin and features a 14-person cast with CSC Resident Ensemble Members Billy Chace, Kelly Mengelkoch, Sara, and Matthew Lewis Johnson. A Flea in Her Ear is generously sponsored by Murphy Landen Jones PLLC and J.P. Morgan.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest farces ever written, A Flea in Her Ear teems with suspicious spouses, hotel liaisons, crossed wires, and physical comedy galore. Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century at Paris’ most notorious hotel, The Frisky Puss, where the bourgeoist of the bourgeoisie let their peccadilloes out to play. Propriety takes a vacation, and ribaldry rules the roost, as a colorful cast of characters runs amok through the corridors, leaving chaos and occasionally clothing in their wake!

A Flea in Her Ear tells the tale of how, after a brief bout of impotence, Victor Chandebise’s wife Raymonde suspects her husband may have a wandering eye. She has a friend, Lucienne, pen a note to him luring him into a meeting with a mysterious lady at a nearby hotel to see if he will show up. Intrigued, Victor sends someone in his stead, leading to a series of mishaps and miscommunications, conjuring strange (and multiple!) bedfellows at the naughty hotel.  Audiences who loved last season’s smash hit Noises Off will find themselves in similar (comedic) territory with A Flea in Her Ear.

A Flea in Her Ear is a play by Georges Feydeau written in 1907, at the height of the Belle Époque in Paris, a time when the arts flourished, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.

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  1. “We’re calling the 2019-2020 season the ‘Season of the Woman,’ ” says Sara Clark, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s artistic and development associate. It’s the 1h anniversary of the h amendment, which gave U.S. women the right to vote in federal elections. “The more we started to develop the season, the more we discovered opportunities to explore that theme.”

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