Part of 59E59's 2018 'Brits Off Broadway' series, Alan Ayckbourn's new, gently touching comedy in four parts follows a man's romantic progress over 60 years. More…
'A Brief History of Women' tells the story of an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him, and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen. From his first unsettling encounter as a very young man in 1925, to an unexpected reunion late in life, 'A Brief History of Women' charts Anthony Spates's life, with all its fireworks, loves, and losses.
See it if you want to see a not-so-brief history of a man (& his relationships w/women), sharply written & superbly acted in a new Ayckbourn dramedy.
Don't see it if you expect the biting satire, acerbic wit & absurdist twists of Ayckbourn's best-known works. [This is AA at his more sedate & conventional]
See it if you're a fan of Ayckbourn, enjoy plots that occur over 50+ years, like comedies with a serious heart, enjoy tales set in rural England
Don't see it if you don't like plays set over multiple years or touching comedies that aren't hilarious, actors in multiple roles is confusing,
See it if you enjoy Alan Ayckbourn's work. Although this is not one of his top-tier plays, it still provides a funny and moving evening of theatre.
Don't see it if you do not like British plays that poke fun at the British class system. Also, if you have a hard time with British accents.
See it if you enjoy seeing the work of an amazingly prolific British playwright superbly performed by versatile actors
Don't see it if you don't like comedies of manners.
See it if Aykbourn plot and British humor tells the story of a man’s relationships with women at four different ages.
Don't see it if You are expecting a play that focuses on women. You don’t care for British humor.
See it if you like bright, funny, inventive theatre.Set alone is worth the price of admission.Acting is top rate.Ayckbourn's writing never disappoints
Don't see it if you want something serious or pithy.This is lighthearted fun, cleverly staged.Title is a bit misleading.It's more the history of a manor!
See it if you enjoy a playwright that breaks down the fourth wall consistently in his work. Ayckbourn knows no bounds
Don't see it if not his best work, a bit confusing but in the end satisfying
See it if a funny British play that is sometimes touching; takes place over 60 years in the same manor house whose function changes over those years
Don't see it if you don't like actors playing a variety of different roles no matter how wonderful they are in them; expect more of the focus to be on women
See it if like most of us, you love British everything, Alan Ayckbourn, solid dialogue, charming plots that resolve well, great acting and good set.
Don't see it if You're weary from too much Downton Abbey or simply don't enjoy the kind of theatre only the Brits give us.
See it if You enjoy British humor. Enjoy British dialects, this show is a wonderful buffet of English accents.
Don't see it if Looking for a slap-stick. Just because it's British, don't mean it's Noises Off. Looking for something that's completely "family-friendly."
See it if You love British casts doing ensemble work; you enjoy Ayckbourn's humor; you love to see things come together unpredictably
Don't see it if you find actors playing different roles in different parts of the same play confusing; you don't appreciate British humor
See it if you love British comedy and British actors in general, and Ayckbourn in particular - especially his gift for playing games with spaces.
Don't see it if you don't like British humor and you're allergic to over the top caricature, even when skillfully done.
See it if You like your plots character-driven. 3 1/2 one-act plays the common thread being a mansion over a period of 40 years.Fun.
Don't see it if You want something edgy and visceral. This is ironic and cerebral..
See it if You're a die hard Alan Ayckbourn fan and want to see some anecdotes with the occasional good plot idea.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of the type of dry, dull humor and dialogue that would have already felt dated 50 years ago.
See it if you like Alan Ayckbourn's plays, the Brits Off Broadway series, a play that requires your patience to come together.
Don't see it if you're not willing to indulge the playwright, you expect the title to be relevant to the play itself.
See it if You are a fan of British comedy especially ones written by Alan Ayckbourn. You love actors so good they convince you they are every one of
Don't see it if You have no patience with shows that are dated, creaky and long. Silliiness annoys you. British accents grate on your ears.
See it if You like over-long Downton Abbey genre material with stereotypical British class characters in formulaic situations
Don't see it if You are not a fan of dated British soap opera-type productions which take 2 1/2 hours to come to a point.
See it if a talented cast with an incredible set and excellent playwright
Don't see it if following one man's romantic adventures over many years does not appeal to you. or if you dislike british accents.
See it if You like Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, British theater, the genre of tragicomedy, enjoy close up masterful performances.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy long plays, are looking for a broadway style or a fast paced show
See it if Amusing play set as four generations of a English country house. Ayckbourn insight, wit and compassion. Enjoyable.
Don't see it if Somewhat long, drawing-room style drama.
See it if You enjoy broad funny strokes by very talented actors and enjoy clever set changes and period costumes.
Don't see it if You do not appreciate fast moving farce.