Review - Alphabetical Order: Keeping Up Appearances
by Ben Peltz - September 28, 2010
Michael Frayn's 1975 comedy, Alphabetical Order, is the type of play that, either as a compliment or as a dismissal, American audiences are likely to label as 'very British.' Its humor is subtle, its themes are sub-textual and the characters all talk in these funny accents. But even those who appreciate the delicacy of that type of play may find this early work by the versatile writer who went on to pen the riotous Noises Off and the heady Copenhagen a little padded and lacking in both humor and bite. Still, director Carl Forsman and the Keen Theatre Company serve up a lively production that boasts its charms, particularly in the performances of the engaging ensemble. (more...)
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