The New Tenant

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The New Tenant
Written by Eugène Ionesco
Date premiered 1955 (1955)
Original language French
Genre Theatre of the Absurd

The New Tenant (French: Le Nouveau Locataire) is a play written by Eugène Ionesco in 1955. The central image is common to many Ionesco plays: something accumulates on stage and overwhelms the characters. In this case its furniture. The main characters are a gentleman, a caretaker, and two movers. The caretaker talks as the gentleman, the "new tenant" of the title, directs the two movers who continuously bring in furniture.