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Confusions

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Members say: Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the show

Part of 59E59's Brits Off Broadway fest, Alan Ayckbourn's 1974 collection of five comic playlets explores the sexual politics of '70s Britain. More…

From a devoted and isolated mother to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, a solicitous waiter to well-heeled diners and an utterly shambolic garden fete, human frailty is laid bare as one comic situation after another unfolds. Each play connects to the next through one of its characters until the final one is reached, when four people sit alone on park benches. This production is directed by the celebrated Ayckbourn himself, and runs in repertory with his latest play: 'Hero's Welcome.'


Member Reviews (24)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent
82
Avg Score

80
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You would like 5 clever comedic skits with relationship humor and slapstick.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy British humor.

95
Clever, Versatile cast, Ingenious design, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of Ayckbourn. If you want to see the U.S. premiere of a play written 40 years ago—and acts as a model for some earlier works.

Don't see it if you do not know anything about the British class system. Or if you like to be hit over the head in order to understand humor.

95
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Terrific direction and staging, Intelligent

See it if You like Ackbourn, you love idea of 5-1 acts.Cast is brilliant, the combo of plays interesting & fun, director has just the right touch.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding British accents, don't like farce, want very serious drama, don't appreciate small bits of staging/acting.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a series of unrelated short plays about dysfunctional relationships and the failure to understand / connect with each other

Don't see it if you dislike farce, silly humor, or short stories without much character development

80
Great writing, Hilarious, Original, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like to laugh uncontrollably.

Don't see it if you insist that theater all be profound and serious.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like British comedy in the slapstick fashion. 4 episodes that leave you laughing throughout the show. Mom talks to all like children.

Don't see it if you can't understand English dialect or dislike British humor.

92
Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Must see, Profound

See it if u love English theatre & Ayckbourn's take on our foibles. The hilarity comes w/ the sadness & pain of human relations. The five actors shine

Don't see it if u don't get the English or you think funny can't also be truthful & painful. Two people sitting next to me never laughed & left at break.

71
Entertaining, Minor, Quaint, Clever conceits, Britcom

See it if You're clear that light fare with a dark undertow of unhappy relationships, served up w some cool structural conceits is worth your time.

Don't see it if You want to be wowed. But Ayckbourn is clear-eyed about his message & how to present it with admirable professionalism.

84
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you enjoy the work of Alan Ayckbourn, & are in need of an evening of light comedic fare performed by a versatile cast.

Don't see it if you need more heft and complexity to your shows.

70
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of short plays; if you like Ayckbourn; if you enjoy humor mixed with a touch of poignancy

Don't see it if you're looking for an absorbing night of serious theater; if you want a full-length play (this is three short plays)

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Best ensemble acting around! Well directed, touching, insightful and entertaining. Very funny, too!

Don't see it if . The excellent Alan Ayckbourn is not to your taste.

78
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like seeing talented actors play multiple parts very well. Well directed with clever scene changes.

Don't see it if you want to see a full-length play. These are five one acts. First two pieces were very entertaining. Other three were almost as good.

91
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You like British theatre and appreciate great dialogue and humor

Don't see it if You don't like small productions

75
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like farce and silliness. Aykbourn's commentary on (mis)communications and uneven relationships is relevant and, at times, hysterical.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of British style humour.

82
Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you enjoy Alan Ayckbourn's entertaining and intricately wrought scenarios about personal relationships. Directed by the playwright himself.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate skit-like plays or British humor.

77
Entertaining, Clever, Cliched, Funny

See it if You like Aychbourn and know what to expect- some funny scenes, stock characters, cartoonish acting. Still two out of five are quite funny.

Don't see it if You've seen enough Britcoms. It's fun to see the actors in many different roles but still the material is rather thin.

78
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if Liek short plays that give you great character depth quickly. Enjoy British silly humor.

Don't see it if Don't like short plays. I loved the first and the last worth seeing for those alone. The third one was very clever I enjoyed the timing.

79
Clever, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy clever wordplay and complex interlocking stories.

Don't see it if you don't understand British accents.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of British comedy. Always great to see a show directed well by the playwright. This could be the definitive production.

Don't see it if you're looking for action or fireworks.

62
A very mixed bag

See it if you are a big fan of Alan Ayckbourn's work.

Don't see it if you blow hot and cold on Ayckbourn. This collection of one-acts is not his best or even close. Performances are uneven from play to play.

During previews
75
Great acting, Slow, Dated

See it if You like Alan Ayckbourne & interconnected short plays. It's interesting to watch the five actors play so many parts throughout the evening.

Don't see it if You want a play with one easy to follow story. Seemed dated. The first one was my favorite.

During previews
90
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are a Ayckbourn fan. You won't be disappointed with these fresh new one acts. You love sophisticated comedy that turns into farce !

Don't see it if You aren't willing to struggle at least in the first few moments to understand the rapid patter of British accents. Farce is not for you.

During previews
80
Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Silly, Farcical

See it if you like silliness, physical humor and great ensemble acting

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor.

During previews
90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a hearty laugh, and are not put off by silliness and slightly old fashioned humor; these are Brits, after all!

Don't see it if you are put off by silliness and British humor; you don't mind not understanding every word because of heavy accents.


June 13th, 2016
"They’re trifles by his later standards...But these five one-acters allow you to see clearly the basic building blocks from which Mr. Ayckbourn constructs his more complex works. And even the silliest of them is steeped in the critical yet compassionate sensibility that is uniquely their creator’...
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June 16th, 2016
"Funnier than just about anything else to be seen on a New York stage right now 'Confusions' is a dessert platter, five sketches about various aspects of middle-class life…The six talented actors handle their multiple roles so resourcefully that you’re likely to come away thinking you saw at leas...
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June 9th, 2016
"With this production, Ayckbourn achieves his original goal. The five actors brilliantly transform themselves into each role with a mere change of costume. Expert farceurs, they draw huge belly laughs from the play's centerpiece, 'Gosforth's Fête,' which proves the highlight of the evening. While...
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June 10th, 2016
"It's the stuff that great theatre is made of. The stories in 'Confusions' are timeless snapshots of real life that perfectly capture human foibles. They showcase Ayckbourn's remarkable gift for dialogue and his keen understanding of relationships...The cast captures their roles with complete aut...
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