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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ionesco Dies at 81

Playwright Eugene Ionesco, a master of the Theater of the Absurd, died Monday in Paris, the Culture Ministry said. He was 81.

Ionesco captivated audiences worldwide with a unique blend of black humor and farce, used to dramatize the stifling world of middle class conventionality.

His best-known play was "The Bald Soprano," in which two married couples, the Smiths and the Martins, sit around exchanging basic axioms, such as "The country is quieter than the city."