UCCS’ Visual and Performing Arts department is hosting a hilarious show that the audience can enjoy without having to think too deeply about its content. “A Flea in Her Ear” will bring elements of slapstick and sitcoms to the Dusty Loo Vivant Theater’s stage for eight days beginning March 10.
The Ent Center’s page for “A Flea in Her Ear” describes this show as a famed French farce written by Georges Feydeau.
According to Kevin Landis, the show’s director and director of the UCCS’ Theatre and Dance Program, “A Flea in Her Ear” focuses on some turmoil between a married couple.
Raymonde believes her husband Victor is having an affair and tries to catch him in a visit to a sketchy hotel. Landis finds their navigation through the mayhem within this hotel entertaining. “It is watching how they figure out how to get through their confusion that is so much fun,” he said.
The audience can expect to see some of the common characteristics of a farce throughout this production. Numerous doors slam and a couple of characters get mistaken for one another, according to Landis.
The Ent Center’s webpage also warns audience members of inappropriate content. According to Landis, this content comes in the form of subtle sexual innuendos and double entendres that are common in farces. “Adults will recognize that that is sexual innuendo. It is about an affair, after all,” he said.
Landis chose this show bearing in mind the community’s need to come together and experience the joy of comedy. It also reflects his desire to take on a difficult project.
“Every director feels like some time in their career they have to direct a farce because it’s the biggest challenge. I wanted to give myself a challenge,” he said. “I wanted to give the students a challenge and I wanted to give the audience something to feel happy about.”
According to Landis, every element of this show displays student creations. “All of the actors are students. All of the designers are professional designers with student assistants working on the design, so it is fully of, by, for and about students working at the highest level,” he explained.
Students and Colorado Springs community members can experience “A Flea in Her Ear” from March 10-13 and March 17-20. Students can reserve free tickets by contacting the UCCS box office.
Those interested in learning more about this show can visit this link to view additional information and to buy tickets.