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A Flea In Her Ear, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA

Antoinette Robinson, Elizabeth Heflin - Westport Playhouse - A Flea In Her Ear - photo by C. Rosegg
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Absolutely hilarious! The French farce, A Flea In Her Ear written by David Ives and directed by Mark Lamos at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut is laugh out loud ooh-la-la wonderful! This fast-paced farce kept us laughing from the introduction to the final applause. Bravo! The play runs until July 28, 2018.


Antoinette Robinson (Lucienne), Elizabeth Heflin (Raymonde)
A Flea In Her Ear

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 we had the immense pleasure of experiencing American playwright David Ives‘ new version of French Playwright Georges Feydeau’s (1862-1921) farce, A Flea In Her Ear. Directed by Westport Country Playhouse’s Artistic Director Mark Lamos, the co-production with Resident Ensemble Players of The University of Delaware was brilliant. Fast-paced dialogue and seamless comedic timing made the play a joyful delight to watch.


John Rensenhouse, Robert Adelman Hancock - Westport Playhouse - A Flea In Her Ear - photo by C. Rosegg

John Rensenhouse (Ferraillon), Robert Adelman Hancock (Rugby)
A Flea In Her Ear

Set in Paris in 1900, a little misunderstanding puts a "flea in the ear" of Raymonde Chandebise played by Elizabeth Heflin who thinks that her husband Victor Chandebise played by Lee E. Ernst is having an affair. This misconception leads to gaiety and hilarity as she enlists her friend Lucienne Homenides de Histangua played by Antoinette Robinson to aid her in trying to catch her husband in the act. Thus begins the farce that kept getting better with each Act.


Stephen Pelinski, Elizabeth Heflin - Westport Playhouse - A Flea In Her Ear - photo by C. Rosegg
Stephen Pelinski (Tournel), Elizabeth Heflin (Raymonde)
A Flea In Her Ear

Add in a crazy cast of characters – Camille Chandebise, Victor’s and Raymonde’s live-in nephew played by Mic Matarrese, Etienne the Chandebise’s long-suffering butler played by David Beach, his lusty wife Antoinette the Chandebise’s housekeeper played by Carine Montbertrand, Stephen Pelinkski as the handsome womanizer Romain Tournel who is Victor’s friend, Don Carlos de Histangua the overly jealous husband of Lucienne, played to the hilt by Michael Gotch, and Dr. Finache the Chandebise’s doctor played by Hasan El-Anin.


Robert Adelman Hancock, Lee E. Ernst - Westport Playhouse - A Flea In Her Ear - photo by C. Rosegg

Robert Adelman Hancock (Rugby), Lee E. Ernst (Victor, Poche)
A Flea In Her Ear

Things really heat up at the Frisky Puss hotel where clandestine rendezvous await with great humor with John Resenhause as the hotel manager Ferraillon, Deena Burke as his wife Olympia, Laura Frye as the hotel’s chambermaid Eugenie, Robert Adelman Hancock as Rugby the British hotel guest, and Wynn Harmon as Baptiste, the drunk old man who provides the perfect cover for trysting lovers. Add in a doppelganger for Victor Chandebise and you have a smart play that lacks for nothing.


David Beach, John Rensenhouse, Lee E. Ernst - Westport Playhouse - A Flea In Her Ear - photo by C. Rosegg

David Beach (Etienne), John Rensenhouse (Ferraillon),

Lee E. Ernst (Victor, Poche)
A Flea In Her Ear

Lavish costume designs by Sara Jean Tosetti and a beautiful period set designed by Kristen Robinson transported the audience to Paris 1900. The large cast of 14 worked together like a well-oiled piece of machinery, resulting in a play well worth seeing again! Bravo!


Antoinette Robinson, Michael Gotch - Westport Playhouse - A Flea In Her Ear - photo by C. Rosegg

Antoinette Robinson (Lucienne), Michael Gotch (Don Carlos)
A Flea In Her Ear

Approximate Run Times: Act I – 45 minutes, Act II – 42 minutes, Act III – 38 minutes

Watch the teaser trailer: A Flea in Her Ear Official Trailer


Watch the Interview with Director Mark Lamos: Interview with Director Mark Lamos

A Flea In Her Ear Cast:

David Beach


Deena Burke


Hassan El-Amin

Dr. Finache/Ensemble

Lee E. Ernst

Victor Chandebise/Poche/Ensemble

Laura Frye


Michael Gotch

Don Carlos de Histangua/Ensemble

Robert Adelman Hancock


Wynn Harmon


Elizabeth Heflin

Raymonde Chandebise/Ensemble

Mic Matarrese

Camille Chandebise/Ensemble

Carine Montbertrand


Stephen Pelinski


John Rensenhouse


Antoinette Robinson

Lucienne Homenides de Histangua/Ensemble

The Creative Team:

Mark Lamos

Director/Artistic Director

Kristen Robinson

Scenic Designer

Sara Jean Tosetti

Costume Design

Matthew Richards

Lighting Design

Fitz Patton

Sound Designer

Michael Rossmy

Fight Director

Matthew G. Harholin

Production Stage Manager

Tara Rubin Casting


Alice M. Pollitt

Assistant Stage Manager

Michael Barker

Managing Director

A Flea In Her Ear performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Special series feature Taste of Tuesday, LGBT Night OUT, Opening Night, Sunday Symposium, Open Captions, Thursday Talk Back,Together at the Table Family Dinner, Playhouse Happy Hour, and Backstage Pass.

For information on the play or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at +1-203-227-4177or call the toll-free number at 1-888-927-7529, or visit them on the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

The Westport Country Playhouse Box Office is open during Performance Days Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 8:30 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, and is closed on Monday. Non-Performance Days, the Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00pm until 6:00 pm, and is closed on Monday.

The Westport Country Playhouse named as "Theatre Company of the Year" in December 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, opened in the 1930s in a transformed 1835 cowbarn, which has, and continues to attract, a "who’s who" of prominent actors. Looking at the framed posters of past shows that line the lobby walls was like entering an encyclopedia of the arts. A few of the many renowned actors who have appeared on the stage there include Ethyl Barrymore, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Don Ameche, Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, Danny Aiello, Blythe Danner, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Dreyfus, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, and Westport residents Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

"Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State ofC onnecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build."

For information on upcoming events and other performances, please visit thewebsite: www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Upcoming Performances- 2018

Plays 2018 Season

Dates Running

A Flea In Her Ear

July 10 – 28, 2018

The Understudy

August 14 – September 1, 2018

Man Of La Mancha

September 25 – October 13, 2018

Thousand Pines

October 30 – November 17, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse - Westport, CT, USA


Westport Country Playhouse

25 Powers Court

Westport, Connecticut 06880
United States

Box Office: +1-203-227-4177

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