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‘A Flea in Her Ear’: Wife doubts husband’s fidelity, chaos ensues and no one is safe

June 22, 2018

When a turn-of-the-century Parisian housewife wonders why her husband doesn’t ravish her in bed, she decides he must be having an affair. So starts the hilarious turn of events in “A Flea in Her Ear,” on stage at Westport Country Playhouse, Tuesday, July 10 through Saturday, July 28.

Rather than simply confronting her husband, the woman, Raymonde Chandebise, asks her friend to write him a love letter. Only it’s not just a love letter — it’s a note written for the purpose of luring him to a rendezvous where she can catch him in the act.

Of course that’s not what happens; when Raymonde’s super-faithful husband receives the letter, he assumes it’s for his bachelor friend and gives it to him instead. This leads to more craziness and confusion, everywhere from Raymonde’s home to a hotel of ill repute.

This new version of Georges Feydeau’s farce, adapted by David Ives and directed by Mark Lamos, is a co-production with Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware. A fast-paced fling, the show runs two hours and 30 minutes.

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Tuesday, July 10, through Saturday, July 28. Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. $30 and up. 203-227-4177, westportplayhouse.org