Get ready to laugh the night away at Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, “How The Other Half Loves”at The Kate in Old Saybrook, with performances running from January 18 – January 21.
Aykbourn enthralls with his clever use of space and time as he intertwines the lives of two very different couples – a perfectly posh upper-class older one and a messy middle-class younger one – on the same stage!
As Bob Phillips and Fiona Foster clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Detweiler – the third couple – find themselves in the middle of the mayhem when they are falsely accused of adultery – with no idea as to how they’ve become involved! The fact that all three of the men work at the same company – in the same department adds to the fun. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time – on the same stage – after which the future of all three couplesis definitely in question!
The fast pace and physical humor of this piece makes this one of Ayckbourn’s funniest and most exciting plays to experience. The play is set in 1969 which allows for plenty of comic routines around landline telephones, distinct class structures and changing sexual mores. The play originally opened in London in 1970 to rave reviews and ran for over 850 performances – it also opened on Broadway in 1971.
Alan Ayckbourn’s has spent over 55 years as a theatre director and a playwright. To date he has written 80 plays – the latest of which opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough in 2016 – and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards.
The Saybrook Stage Company is pleased to return once again to The Kate in “How The Other Half Loves” directed by Michael Langlois. Michael has previously directed Saybrook Stage’s “A Piece of my Heart” in January 2013. This will be their 15th production at The Kate – the more recent plays are The Farnsworth Invention, Noises Off, Deathtrap, The Wayside Motor Inn, Moon Over Buffalo and this past July, Barefoot in the Park.
Go to www.thekate.org or call 877.503.1286 and reserve your tickets now.
Also, visit www.SaybrookStage.org for more information about The Saybrook Stage Company.