Tagged with alan ayckbourn

Stage West’s Roleplay: a trifle titillating

Roleplay unfolds like Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy on steroids. A titillating trifle with a surprisingly stiff kick like a single malt scotch served neat, it represents what British playwright Alan Ayckbourn does so well across his span of seventy plays. It sets up a massive comic relational disaster that delights its audience in its final … Continue reading

Slither On By: Theatre Too’s Snake in the Grass

Snake in the Grass by Alan Ayckbourn? Let it slither on by. Billed as a “ghostly comedy”, this featherweight 2002 sample of Ayckbourn’s prolific writing (seventy two full-length plays, many award-winning) hardly does justice to his masterful scope and style. As presented by Theatre Too, it feels oddly set in Grey Garden’s backyard, minus the … Continue reading