Monologue Monday

Monologue Monday: No Smoking/No Fumadores (Jacinto Benavente)

This week takes us back to the halcyon days of early 20th Century Spanish farces. This is not the first time this blog has covered such material. But this author is much more famous [at least in Spain] and prominent enough that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922.

Jacinto Benavente had a brilliant career as a dramatist, authoring at least 170 plays. In fact, his relative current obscurity could make him a future candidate for Unknown Playwrights. You can check out his English Wikipedia page, Spanish Wikipedia page and page.

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The brief one act comedy No Smoking (originally No fumadores) from 1904 concerns a lady and her daughter encountering a gentleman while on a train. The lady can talk one’s ear off and things get increasingly absurd leading to the lady throwing his baggage out of the moving train to “help” him. It’s all good fun – the monologue has the lady talking about the gentleman smoking:

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Oh, here it is in English:

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Now enjoy different actors giving it their best. Thanks!!











And there you have it!!! Join us Thursday when we profile another intriguing playwright from the past.

For complete list of monologues, click here.