Alan Ayckbourn

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2nd Story’s communicating Doors

Slammed-door farces are delightful opportunities to unhinge us with laughter.
Ticklish time travel
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011
Ayckbourn's Table Manners

Living Together is no Table Manners

Alan Ayckbourn's merry bunch of British squabblers have reunited for another pre-summer vacation at that North Shore theatrical haven, the Gloucester Stage Company.
Less funny
By ED SIEGEL  |  June 17, 2011

Review: Good Theater's hilarious Farce

You can tell a lot about a couple by their bedroom, says proper English matron Delia (Cathy Counts) to her husband Ernest (Bob McCormack).
Rooms of laughs
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Zeitgeist Stage's My Wonderful Day

"Little pitchers have big ears," the saying goes. In My Wonderful Day, which is getting its Boston premiere from Zeitgeist Stage Company (at the BCA Plaza Black Box through March 26), the little pitcher also has a notebook in which she is inscribing the
Child's play
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2011

Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular

Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
All about Eves
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2010

Review: Trinity's Absurd Person Singular

As playwriting goes, there's prolific and then there's prolific. There's, say, Shakespeare with his piddling 38 plays. And then there's someone like Alan Ayckbourn: 73 full-length babies, and counting.
Trinity nails down Alan Ayckbourn
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 15, 2010


Cool drink on a hot day

Alan Ayckbourn has been often dismissed as the British Neil Simon. He's also been hailed as a playwright of such acute insight that, if you look beyond the laughs, he deserves to be mentioned in the same critical breath as Harold Pinter.
With Table Manners, Gloucester Stage gives Ayckbourn his due
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 02, 2010

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Play by play, February 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of February 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010

Missed connections

Private Fears in Public Places — Alan Ayckbourn's London-set tragicomedy from 2004 — is all about how difficult it is to know another person.
Private Fears in Public Places at Zeitgeist, Neighborhood 3 at Apollinaire
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 26, 2010

Play by play: February 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theatre listings, week of February 19, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2010

Play by play: February 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, February 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2010

Earnestly funny

Considering that Alan Ayckbourn may be the most staged living English playwright besides Shakespeare, as some accounts declare, why isn't he produced more often in American theaters?
2nd Story fulfills its Comic Potential
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2010

Play by play: February 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 05, 2010

Looking back, going forward

Economic recession and post-racial themes abound in Boston’s early 2010 theater repertoire.
A diverse display for 2010
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 01, 2010

Lost in space

Alain Resnais’s ineffable film has the hallmarks of his marvelous late style.
Alain Resnais’s dazzling Private Fears In Public Places
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  May 18, 2007