No such issues afflict “A Flea in Her Ear” at A Noise Within. In its Southern California regional premiere, playwright David Ives’ wittily risqué 1950s update of Georges Feydeau’s farcical classic, the grand-père of them all, strikes precisely the right notes.
Her designers exhibit droll panache. Fred Kinney’s set shifts from moderne spareness to Belle Époque glitz and back. Tom Ruzika’s lighting and Robert Oriol’s compositions have a ditzy charm, and Angela Calin’s New Look-meets-nutbar wardrobe is worth admission.
So is the cast. Elyse Mirto has a stylish field day as Raymonde, while Geoff Elliott goes for dual-role broke as hapless Victor Emmanuel and Poche, his dim-bulb lookalike.
“Flea” is hardly deep, let alone PC, but, mon Dieu, is it ever a riotous romp.
“A Flea in Her Ear,” A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Runs in repertory; see website for schedule. Ends Nov. 22. $44 and up. (626) 356-3100, Ext. 1, or www.anoisewithin.org. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.