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A Flea in Her Ear

Almost any French farce will reliably include slamming doors, jealous spouses and sometimes angry Prussians and speech impediments. This jumble of elements creates a frenzy of misunderstandings that's only straightened out in the end.

The Indianapolis Civic Theatre's production of Georges Feydeau's most famous farce, "A Flea in Her Ear," has all of those elements and more. Add a few pistols, a seedy hotel, and a love letter and you've got a recipe for disaster. A randy German and an angry Hispanic man add extra doses of humor throughout the show.

The show gets off to a slow start, but begins to crackle in the second half. There are three acts and one intermission. This production lacks the pacing essential for a farce to work. It's a delicate balance between banter and action sequences, but the show relied too heavily on the banter in the first half and the action in the second.

Paul Hansen serves as both the wrongly accused husband Victor Emmnauel and a drunken hotel porter named Poche. The tricky roles require him to look exactly the same in most scenes, to ensure the maximum amount of confusion with the rest of the cast, and yet make sure the audience knows at a glance which character we're seeing. Hansen handles it effortlessly. He slips back and forth as the cheerful Poche and proper Victor while chaos erupts around him.

It's a fun show, but don't let it be your only taste of farces.

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues until May 23. The Indianapolis Civic Theatre is located at 3200 Cold Spring Road on the Marian College campus.

Tickets: Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting

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