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)


Dated, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Quirky
Avg Score

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
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
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
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

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
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

During previews
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
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
"Alan Ayckbourn's 'ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR' at Theater Row- Curious Characters and Holiday Laughs"
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