Note: This production contains material intended for a mature audience.
The Drake University Department of Theatre Arts will present David Ives’s adaptation of “A Flea in Her Ear,” by George Feydeau, beginning Thursday, April 2 in the Performing Arts Hall of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on April 2-4 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.
“A Flea in Her Ear” takes place in turn of the 20th century France and features classic farce comedy with mistaken identities, revolving beds, promiscuous maids, gun chases, and a hearty dose of spanking.
Kaylee Ferguson, a senior BFA Musical Theatre major, says the audience will ache with laughter.
“This show has just been a joy to work on, it’s hysterical,” said Ferguson, who plays the lead role of Raymonde Chandebise. “If our audiences don’t leave smiling from ear to ear, than our cast hasn’t done its job.”
Jason Bohon, a visiting assistant professor of theatre and director of the show, says he chose this play because it’s entertaining and ridiculous at the same time.
“Sometimes I tell people, ‘You should come see this show—it’s really fun but it’s not going to change the world,’ said Bohon. “But then sometimes I think: if only we could all laugh a little more, we might be able to change the world a little, in some small way.”
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $1 for those with a Drake I.D. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office. Reservations, which are recommended, may be made in person or by calling 515-271-3841.