Ionesco's big idea was to make everyday language nonsensical enough to become transparent in both its function and its inadequacy. In both plays, with differing degrees of success, a crisis in the ability to name, and therefore recognize ourselves, points to a miraculous and precarious fact: as persons we may talk the talk, but we walk on water.
THE BALD SOPRANO
Through Dec. 12
Thurs.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun, 5 p.m., $15$30
Exit on Tayor, 277 Taylor, SF
A BODY OF WATER
Fri/20-Sat/21, 8 p.m.; Sun/22, 7 p.m., $18-24
Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy, SF