Absurd Person Singular Author:Alan Ayckbourn Script of Stage Play. — Take three couples made up of the following individuals: a housewife who'd rather clean her kitchen than do anything else; her husband, a wheeler-dealer who social climbs his way to business success; an architect whose buildings have a history of collapsing; his wife, who has a penchant for attempting suicide in front of w... more »itnesses; an alcoholic woman who locks herself in her bedroom; and a banker who has difficulty counting to ten. Put them all together on three successive Christmas Eves and you have what Clive Barnes called "the best comedy Britain has sent us in years & years."
Written by Alan Ayckbourn, referred to as the "British Neil Simon," ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR takes a long, hard-and yet hilarious-look at today's society. And in the hands of a talent such as Mr. Ayckbourn's, the hilarity and truth of what the play reveals transcend cultural and geographic boundaries to tickle the funny bone of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.« less
Ayckbourn is billed as Britains answer to Neil Simon. Actually, this play is funnier than anything Simon ever dreamed of. (Pardon my faulty grammar!) Three couples host party every Christmas and every Christmas everything goes awry. This is a behind the scene look from the kitchen of the hosting couple. So here we have a sampler of Christmas over and done with, Christmas now and yet unfinished, and Christmas yet to come: each zanier than the last, although my vote is for the second act.