Absurd Person Singular

by  Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"Best comedy Britain has sent us in years." - The New York Times

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Absurd Person Singular

by  Alan Ayckbourn

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    3m, 3f
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    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The "lower class" but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread through the wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence and the decline of the others. In the final stages the little man is well and truly on top, with the others, literally and unnervingly, dancing to his tune.
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  • 1973 Evening Standard Best Comedy Award


"Walks a zigzag line between comedy and farce and often manages to be staggeringly funny." - Newsweek


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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: Three kitchen'settings


3m, 3f
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Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countles ...

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