Noted Playwright Alan Ayckbourn Delivers Comic Fable Life of Riley
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The last date listed for Alan Ayckbourn's Life of Riley was Saturday March 2, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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During his short life in Stalinist Russia, writer Daniil Kharms was a well-known author of children's literature -- until he was arrested for treason in 1941 and left to die in his prison cell. Friends hid his vast secret body of work (including plays and short stories intended for adult audiences) until it was politically safe to release the works decades later. Part of the Emerging Theatre Company program at the Boston Center for the Arts, imaginary beasts now brings KNOCK! | The Daniil Kharms Project to the stage. An original piece created from a collection of Kharms' work, KNOCK! follows a troupe of madmen, fools and geniuses into a strange and comical world where a simple knock on the door can lead to redemption or the ultimate end. 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 _