(Benedict Nightingale’s article appeared in the Times of London, 5/28.)

Alan Ayckbourn once said that he aimed to write a “completely serious play that makes people laugh all the time”, and especially in the 1970s his work got darker, more sombre, while still acknowledging the wry and, yes, funny side of things. The extreme case was Just Between Ourselves in 1976, but, as a recent London revival confirmed, the most successful was Absurd Person Singular, which had opened to admiring reviews four years earlier.

via entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

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