Noted Playwright Alan Ayckbourn Delivers Comic Fable Life of Riley
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In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama set in the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic school in the borough, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young newcomer Father Flynn has sexually abused the school's only black student. As she wrestles with her doubts, she questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the alleged victim, perhaps changing them forever. The 2008 film adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, earned Oscar nominations for all four actors. This gripping drama about suspicion, scandal and the elusiveness of moral certainty stars Karen MacDonald. Learn More
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Featured review from Lesley B. Henderson
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This play was at a nice small little theatre. Alan Ayckbourn's play was set in England which I can relate to since I was born in Dublin. Certainly the actors did the play justice, and I must say there seems to be a great deal of talent in Boston. I really liked the play and could relate well to the characters, and of course the writing is always excellent when it's by Alan Ayckbourn.
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Definitely worth going to! It builds to a predictable, but nevertheless satisfying conclusion. The denouement was a little heavy-handed, and there were those in the audience who laughed a little too loud at the marriage jokes, but it was...continued
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“With Life of Riley, Zeitgeist Stage Company returns to the relationship comedy of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, which it does so well. David J. Miller’s deft direction finds just the right blend of tragedy and hilarity in Ayckbourn’s play about three couples coping with the news of their mutual friend’s impending death. Thanks to the Zeitgeist Stage Company’s first-rate production, all of the poignancy and humor of Ayckbourn’s characters comes across.” —_Boston Globe _