The New Jersey Stage – published 11th December 2019
(NEW YORK, NY) –A British theatre company will be entertaining audiences in New York this Christmas when a classic comedy opens Off-Broadway. Absurd Person Singular, by award-winning English playwright Alan Ayckbourn, will inject a pinch of British humour when it takes to the stage at Theatre Row, 42nd Street, from December 11-29. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday.
The play, which broke Broadway records in 1976, is being revived by British theatre company Dick & Lottie – the UK’s only theatre company dedicated exclusively to British playwright Ayckbourn’s popular works.
The play has the audience 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.
The cast includes Josh Nutbrown (Sidney Hopcroft), Eve Burley (Jane Hopcroft), Alex Michael Thompson (Geoffrey Jackson), Claire Marlein (Eve Jackson), Adam David Elms (Ronald Brewster-Wright), Maria Sykes (Marion Brewster-Wright). All the cast are making their NY debut, with the exception of Eve Burley, who makes her return following her success during Brits Off-Broadway. The production is directed by John Cotgrave – Artistic Director of Dick & Lottie Set Designed by BNG Industries. Lighting Design by Tom Blakemore.
It will be the first time the company, which has produced more than 38 of Ayckbourn’s plays since it began in 2004, has staged his work outside the UK. Its exciting New York debut comes as the playwright celebrates his 80th birthday, and 60 years since his theatre writing career began. Ayckbourn was delighted to hear the comedy would once again be stepping foot in New York, after many of his works have previously enjoyed great success on and off Broadway.