Main Season Production
NOW PLAYING: December 1-23, 2017
Absurd Person Singular
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Marty Epstein
Dates: December 1-23, 2017
Times: Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm. Also Thu Dec 21 at 7:30.
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.
Preview: November 30, 2017 7:30 pm
Pay-What-You-Will: Sunday, December 3, 2017
2nd PWYW: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 7:30pm
Talkback: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Following the fortunes of three wildly incompatible couples over three consecutive Christmases, Ayckbourn based his comedy on the observation that you can discern much about a person from their kitchen. Hence we see the kitchens of each of the couples, and understand immediately how they run their lives. The play's satire of the early 1970s get-rich-quick culture is also apparent, as the level of each couple changes over time.
Director Epstein has a long-time love affair with Ayckbourn, having directed The Norman Conquests previously. He says, "Ayckbourn's way with words and understanding of people make his plays so funny and so honest."
"Solid direction by the consistently excellent Marty Epstein, and a mighty cast of terrific actors.... it's wonderfully dark, and full of belly laughs.... The supporting production team has done everything right." (Rob Spiegel for Talkin' Broadway Regional Reviews)
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"The Vortex Theatre is performing a stellar production.... [Act III is] something of a tour de force.... All the actors are great."( – Matthew Yde for Albuquerque Journal)
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