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4.6 / 5 Rated by 22 members
Review from Isambard40
23 events 11 reviews

This production was excellent in every respect and, as someone born in the UK, I can attest that all the actors "nailed" the accents and demeanors of the parts.

The play itself is not one of Ayckbourn's funniest; rather, it is tragi-comic....continued

reviewed Feb 13 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Janet
8 events 4 reviews

Alan Ayckbourn is one of my favorite playwrights. A Brit, his plays tumble on the tension between private and public lives, usually featuring interlocking romantic relationships with a dark-and comedic-twist. This tight group of superb actors...continued

reviewed Feb 20 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Barry R.
Red Velvet 131 events 89 reviews

well written, well acted in this little theater!

reviewed Mar 06 2010 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“A comedy about six Londoners leading lives of quiet desperation, it is rueful, funny, touching and altogether wonderful." —The New York Times
“One of his recent best…Ayckbourn has not lost his rare, undervalued gift for comic compassion.” —The Guardian


Private Fears in Public Places is cinematic play about the linked lives of six Londoners, the story moves seamlessly between apartment-hunting, solitary boozing, dating agency disappointments and a sour, bedridden patient getting more than he expected.  Six lonely people, six separate lives all searching for a connection – yet all strangely linked by circumstance.  Does Nicola still love Dan?  Will Dan stop his endless pub-going days and look for a job?  Can Stewart, Nicola’s real estate agent, be on the verge of an office romance with Charlotte?  What on earth is Charlotte up to on her 2nd shift job with her bedridden patient?  Will Imogen, Stewart’s middle-aged sister, ever find true love in the personal ads?  Does Ambrose, Dan’s bartender, have a secret life?  These are all combined with Ayckbourn’s signature plot developments such as a bed-hopping drunk and the suburban terrors of sex. However, the play is remarkable for its superb construction, sharp observation and understated air of melancholy. Alan Ayckbourn is the most prolific English language playwright ever, with over 70 plays including Bedroom Farce, Woman in Mind, Communicating Doors, The Norman Conquests (2009 Tony® Award) and How the Other Half Loves.

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