June 9 – June 25
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO United States
Sir Alan Ayckbourn is one of England’s most successful living playwrights. He is a master of using farce and comedy to examine marital and class conflicts in English society. One of his most successful works is Absent Friends which was written in 1974 in a decade that featured some of his best-known work, including The Norman Conquests and Absurd Person Singular.
A tea party is arranged supposedly to console an old school friend, but it reveals the troubled relationships of the others at the party. It is a blend of humor and poignancy and has been called “the saddest.…and the funniest” of his plays.