Only the vivacious die young, notes one character in Alain Resnais' "Life of Riley," while "the tiresome, humdrum ones live forever."
A backstager about the shenanigans amid members of a local amateur operatic company attempting to stage a production of "The Beggar's Opera," Alan Ayckbourn's 1984 "A Chorus of Disapproval" sits…
Neil Simon is to London what Alan Ayckbourn is to Gotham: A profit more recognized at home than abroad. Despite canny casting of Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths as a former longstanding vaudeville…
It's not just the number of laughs that impresses in Jeremy Herrin's knockout production of Alan Ayckbourn's "Absent Friends," it's the length of them.
People are thought to mellow when they get older, but that doesn't seem to apply to 72-year-old Alan Ayckbourn, prolific Brit scribe who has penned a play or more each season since 1959 for the…
Revival's structural ingenuity is matched by an exceptional cast.
Alan Ayckbourn's tragicomic trilogy "The Norman Conquests" is his undoubted masterpiece, but his 1985 comedy-drama, "Woman in Mind," runs a close second.
Alan Ayckbourn, master craftsman of acerbic British comedy who unaccountably has never quite caught on here in the States, ventured into the dramatized ghost story genre first with "Haunting Julia"…
Alain Resnais returns to key themes of loneliness and separation with "Private Fears in Public Places." Despite a perfect cast of Resnais regulars plus the master's own impeccable crafting, the…
The backstage drama almost constitutes its own subgenre by now, with such stalwarts as "Noises Off" and "A Chorus Line" continually onstage somewhere, and so it's a surprise that Alan Ayckbourn's…
Think a Jewish Alan Ayckbourn tinged with elements of "No Sex Please, We're British," and you've got the pitch for sophomore dramatist Simon Mendes da Costa's "Losing Louis." In culinary terms, the…