Duchotel is going away on a fishing trip, leaving his wife, Léontine, alone for the weekend. Lucky for him he has his friend Moricet to look after her. Lucky for Moricet too, as he is in love with Léontine. Can he whisk her off to his love nest and convince him to love her? And is Duchotel gone fishing at all?
In his introduction, translator Kenneth McLeish writes: 'The One That Got Away (Monsieur chasse!, 1892) is a fine example of Feydeau's 'demented clockwork' style of plotting, an effect much heightened by the smallness of the cast . . . Feydeau, who directed his own plays, always made his actors perform the dialogue of such scenes with utmost seriousness, as if they were high tragedy; the action, by contrast, was speeded up, heightened and mechanistic. Dislocation between the two styles made for hilarity – a production-method still followed in France.'
The One That Got Away was first performed at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, in 1892.