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147 Star Starred
International City Theatre
at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center 330 East Seaside Way Long Beach, CA 90802
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Dick Shafer
20 events 9 reviews

Hilarious Farce! Fantastic cast, staging and entire production. This type of play requires precise timing and insightful interaction between players. A great afternoon/evenings entertainment. We are planning to see it again to share it with...continued

reviewed Apr 28 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from George Schilling
42 events 13 reviews

I was completely entertained by this farce. My favorite character by far was the boss who seemed to spend half the time in the clouds. His lines and the delivery were hilarious. This was one of those plays where my smile was consistent...continued

reviewed May 07 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from andrea
20 events 12 reviews

GReat acting! Every one of the 6 characters did a great job. BUT, at 2 hrs. 15 mins. it was wayyyyyyy toooo long! Writer needs to regroup and shorten it up to hold interest.

reviewed May 14 2010 report as inappropriate
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“A theatrical adroitness as clever as tennis at its best.” –_New York Times _
“A comedy of ingenuity and verve…A farce of remarkable originality.” –_Herald Tribune _


Directed by Todd Nielsen

Three couples, two dinner parties, one adulterous affair. International City Theatre presents How the Other Half Loves, the delicious comedy by Alan Ayckbourn that ingeniously juggles time and space to create a whirlwind of chaos, confusion and laughter.

In the madcap world of How the Other Half Loves, Bob Phillips (Adam J. Smith) is having an affair with Fiona (DeeDee Rescher). When it looks like Bob’s wife (Jodi Fleisher), and Fiona’s husband (Gregory North) are about to put two and two together, the guilty lovers use a third, unsuspecting couple (James May and Erin Anne Williams) as their alibi. The ensuing action leads to a string of misunderstandings with hilarious consequences.

What sets How the Other Half Loves apart from other farces is its unusual setting: two living rooms in separate houses overlap on stage, allowing the audience to see and hear what’s happening miles apart and at different points in time — including the frantically hilarious scene in which the hapless third couple are Thursday night dinner guests in one home and Friday night dinner guests in the other, with all of the action occurring on stage simultaneously!

English playwright Alan Ayckbourn is the author of more than 73 plays, including Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, Just Between Ourselves, Otherwise Engaged, A Chorus of Disapproval, and Woman in Mind. His plays have been translated into 35 languages and won numerous national and international awards, including the 2009 Tony for Best Revival of a Play for _The Norman Conquests. _He is the long-serving artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all of his plays have premiered before moving to London’s West End or Broadway.

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