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

75
Clever, Quirky, Dated, Entertaining, Well-played

See it if ur up for a skillfully played anti-holiday dramedy/farce in which 3 middle class couples reverse social status over 3 Xmases in 70s Britain.

Don't see it if u expect this to be a frivolous, knee-slapping British farce [It's a funny play but w/serious political overtones & an implicit malaise].

Also This play has always been a difficult work to grasp, as Ayckbourn upen... Read more Read less

70
Resonant, Mixed performances, Nicely staged, Well written

See it if you want to return to the aspirational 1970's where everyone believed in themselves on the surface while hopping to find it deeper within.

Don't see it if you want a full performance of this very well written play which needs better ensemble work than this cast is giving it.

70
Slow, Good acting, Disappointing, Too long, Quirky

See it if British like humor. Three couples with drama. Good acting.

Don't see it if If you want a very funny show or musical.

75
Ambitious, Dated, Quirky, Funny

See it if You are a fan of British humor. This was a bit dark, with lots of physicality. It reminded me of As Time Goes By, the sitcom with Judi Dench

Don't see it if You want to see something edgy, modern or updated.

Also I was at the second preview so things were a bit loose but I enjoyed m... Read more Read less

73
Quirky, Fluffy, Great writing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see a play by a major mid-20th Century English playwright; you enjoy British farce--even when it isn't particularly well acted.

Don't see it if you expect this to be as good as the original or as good as the revival of 'Noises Off" a few years back.

Also I visited London frequently in the 70s and 80s and almost always caugh... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Quirky, Edgy, Funny, Delightful

See it if Amusing, clever satire, funny farce and social commentary all at the same time. Inventive and fun.

Don't see it if Has a nasty edge. A little slow by today's comedy standards.

70
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want a play that deals with upward mobility with humor and surprising twists.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the dry humor of that era. Thought the second act was very funny while first and third required more interpretation.

90
Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if English comedies, and Ayckbourn in particular, make you laugh.

Don't see it if Honestly, I can't think of a reason to not see it.

Also This is a company from England and each actor is perfect for her/his r... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if excellent script, very British. Mostly great acting, never going below good

Don't see it if The last act feels a little superfluous.

Also Three acts=three families' Christmas visits to each other over the yea... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy a well-paced, solidly acted Alan Ayckbourn play. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if you need big sets. This is a very condensed production

70
Entertaining, Slow, Funny, Dated, Quirky

See it if A very early version of an Ayckbourn treatment. Worth seeing for that reason. Slapstick ending is pretty funny.

Don't see it if Feels a bit strained, stilted and dated. Ayckbourn got much better.

92
Great acting, Funny, Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love the British class humour. You enjoy writing from a well renowned writer. You want to see British theatrical talent.

Don't see it if You cannot invest in the characters journeys. You don’t understand British humour.

Also What can I say. I am here visiting from the UK where I have seen this ... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Dated, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Want to see something really British. Can transport yourself back to the 70s with their ideals and social status.

Don't see it if You have little patience. You need to be prepared for 2.5 hours. It’s worth it.

Also Although I have never heard of any of the actors I am sure I will be h... Read more Read less

90
Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You appreciate the talent which is Alan Ayckbourn and 70s comedy. Superb acting and direction and a welcome unlike any in NYC.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate British 70s humour. You are a feminist.

Also The British talent on show on this stage is superb. It is very well di... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Solid ensemble, Dated, Great acting

See it if If like me, you don’t remember it from it’s broadway run in the 70s enjoy a tight ensemble of actors for a lesser known troupe.

Don't see it if Don’t want to see a farce. Expecting a great stage set, Don’t like British humor as stale as it is

During previews
76
Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Funny

See it if want to see an early Ayckbourn "classic" very decently revived; will, one hopes, get tighter and a bit more focused as previews progress

Don't see it if a play a bit slow and hasn't aged greatly


December 20th, 2019
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