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Three Plays: Bedroom Farce Absent Friends Absurd Person Singular

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Funny, gripping and wrenchingly truthful, these three blackly comic plays slice into the soul of suburbia. Couples – often mismatched, sometimes disorientated – dominate the action. The settings are simple – a kitchen, a bedroom, a party – all familiar terrains where husbands and wives meet, bewildered, puzzled and angry. ‘In the hilarious delineation of marital pain there ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 1979 by Penguin UK (first published 1975)
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Jul 28, 2011 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ayckbourn is very much in the English tradition of witty playwrights writing about menial domestic issues. He is very funny, and very critical of the sort of bland normalcy of life for most people. Not that I think he wants people to have more exciting lives, but he wants to acknowledge that lives generally revolve around small conflicts, rather than the large sweeping epic concerns (life, death, murder, madness, etc.) of say Shakespeare.
Dec 23, 2012 Mickaugrec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Plays is a terrific read. Alan Ayckbourn loves language, so it pays off for logophiles who won't necessarily see the pieces in stage production. Gratifying for both readers and small theatre companies is the use of minimal set changes or fixed sets for all the pieces. My own taste for melodrama and pathos made 'Absent Friends' a personal favorite; 'Bedroom Farce' is definitely / appropriately a farce (though definitely has enough heft and thought to elevate it from the Benny Hill show clas ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: misanthropists and devotees of mean-people comedy
This collects three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, each of which offer the sort of bleak, antiromantic view of relationships that make the married couples of Sondheim & Furth's Company seem narcotically copacetic by comparison. We're deep into Christopher Durang territory here, and a company taking any of these plays on must work hard to render the results of their stagecraft more funny than shrill.

Without giving anything away, here's a writing sample of action and not dialogue, along with a quic
Bought this in Cork, and kept it at my bedside for years. B acted in an adaptation of Absurd Person Singular, which I think was the driving force behind the purchase (also, I love scripts,) and I found Ayckbourn on the whole witty, trenchant etc. And then I grew up and got married.

And let me tell you, I'm one of those people who thinks very dimly of the sitcoms where the married couples just bicker and are mean to each other and this is somehow supposed to be funny. It's not, it's awful, and I f
Apr 09, 2010 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Three excellent plays about strained relationships and how they manifest in gatherings with old friends. I thought Absurd Person Singular was the best but enjoyed all of them. Aykborn certainly knows how to write plays with sharp humor that reveal the absurdities of everyday life, but he seems a bit confused about how to end them; all three just sort of fade out, and I doubt the audience would even realize the play was over. As a text, however, the technique actually works quite well; it's a rem ...more
Liyana Aliah
The stories of three couples, whereas I need to analyzed the characters and the hidden meanings behind every phrases. Honestly, there's just too much dark humor that sometimes you just can't see it at the first read. Anyway, the plays are frustrating to read yet enjoyable. I got to read each couples stories and how they spent their Christmas, for three consecutive years WITH how they overcame their problems which may or may not be visible. Truthfully, I like it and wished I could have watch the ...more
Absurd Person Singular finished on October 8, 1997 for Modern British Drama class.
Sep 18, 2009 Victoria is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
lagi getol2nya baca script Bedroom Farce, secara I'm one of the players!
Sep 12, 2007 tenderfoot added it
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Absurd Person Singular, Absent Friends, and Bedroom Farce
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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 Nat ...more
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