Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Absurd Person Singular

From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky

About the show

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic 1972 bleak comedy returns to NY. Set in three kitchens over three Christmases, the play charts the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at the expense of two other couples.

2h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row Complex (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (33)

MEMBERS SAY:

Dated, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky

68
Excruciating, Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Ayckbourn, enjoy this play, want to see how a real British company handles it, enjoy acerbic comedy

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets & lighting, don’t like imported shows, have trouble within men, not a fan of slapstick or pun-like humor

Also Not a lot new here, but always learn something as part of this....

65
Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are an Ayckbourn fan and enjoy English humor, farce and comedy, with an underlying darkness and social commentary; less than great stage

Don't see it if you dislike the above and prefer musicals; need elaborate staging to bring a show to life.

Also This was only the second preview performance; I expect the show will i... Read more Read less

65
Tackles valid issues, Poor production values, Good acting, Overly long, Silly farce

See it if you like "in your face" not always funny farce, good acting, class conflict, difficult inter-relationships over time & long plays.

Don't see it if you dislike 2 1/2 Hr. plays, farce that often falls "flat" & sets that don't meet the requirements of the play's themes.

60
Ikea-sourced set and props distracting in their ikea-ness, Flat pacing and direction, Fine cast and performances, Slow, Dated

See it if A devout Ayckbourn fan; it’s otherwise a slow 2-hour plus slog of not-quite-farce nor dramedy. May have worked in ‘72 but hasn’t aged well.

Don't see it if Expecting quick wit, pace or the usual rhythm of British farce.

Also While lovely that a small Yorkshire company has found its way to New Y... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Slow, Dated, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Ayckbourn and want to a low budget slower version of one of his earlier works.

Don't see it if you're expecting a top-level production. it's done very slowly and cheaply and isn't firing on all cylinders.

69
Dated, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Alan Ayckbourn and you like humor from 1972.

Don't see it if you want to see an up to date play that is refreshing and humorous.

67
Great acting, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see talented actors in a sub par English farce. Very dated and not very funny.

Don't see it if You want a farce with bite. Not one of the playwrights best.

69
Great staging for the low budget play, Slow, Great acting

See it if Think that you can fully understand the British humor from 70th.Good, but very grotesque and clownish acting.

Don't see it if Too long. Prefer light comedy.

69
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy a comedy play mixed with a bit of slap stick.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that are slow moving and repetitive at times.

During previews
68
Slow, Great writing, Intelligent, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like British humor. A mixture of odd humor, satire and a jab at social/class structure in our society.

Don't see it if You’re not ready to see it more for its historical relevance than for its sheer entertainment value.

Also I want to say this play was better written than performed, but maybe i... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Quirky, Great acting, Dated, Slow, Confusing

See it if you have 2 1/2 hours to spend with 3 couples dealing with holiday despair, nervousness, alcoholism set decades ago with some physical humor.

Don't see it if you want great comedy - here it is mostly clownish acts, or you want to delve into characters over three annual gatherings. It went nowhere.

During previews
64
Funny and sad, Confusing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like a story about marital and social relationships. Some of the dialogue is quite witty and the second act is the best.

Don't see it if you like a straight drama or a beautiful set. This show needs a better set since it is part of the show.This stage is too small for good set

Also Some of the characters are very confusing. The young female character ... Read more Read less

During previews
53
Cheesy

See it if You like over the top, bazaar and farce type humor

Don't see it if You are hoping for a normal two act play. This is three acts and over 2 1/2 hours

Also The first act was terrible! I never leave plays early so I was terrifi... Read more Read less

During previews
62
All characters unlikeable, The farce is dark, Tedious, Early ayckbourn doesn't age well.

See it if Love all Ayckbourn & have been wishing for a revival. This one is rife with misogyny, alcoholism played for laughs, depression, mean-spirit.

Don't see it if 3 yrs, 3 separate stories, same characters, social standing looked at but not addressed. Confusing story arc.

Also Saw this first night of previews, so an already long play was extended... Read more Read less


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