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Absurd Person Singular

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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 ...more
Published February 6th 2015 by Samuel French (first published January 1st 1974)
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Aug 03, 2016 Marnie rated it liked it
I rather enjoyed this! I will write a full review soon, as I think it'll help with my school work based on this play.
Jul 27, 2010 Neil rated it really liked it
I read Bedroom Farce by Ayckbourn earlier this week because the local theater company is putting it on next season. I was underwhelmed. But I wanted to try more Ayckbourn because I've always heard good things. So I went on to this play.

It concerns three couples (well four, but the fourth couple is never scene). The action takes place in their respective kitchens during brief get togethers on Christmas Eve over three years. The first couple is a social climber and his neat freak wife. The second
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Sep 03, 2016 Jason Zheng rated it really liked it
What this play lacks in plot, it makes up for in character development. This play seems like it will be very interesting to study.

Note: there is one suicidal character.
Apr 26, 2015 Brunylol:) rated it it was amazing
What a clever way of depicting marital life behind closed doors and the diminishing of a person's individuality as they become even more submissive to their spouse.
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Dark humour, social criticism and slightly absurd plot. Enough to make me chuckle and endure the commute. I liked it!
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Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a popular and prolific English playwright. He has written and produced seventy-three full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal ...more
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