Absurd Person Singular
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Kim Taylor

Marin County’s Ross Valley Players stay in the Christmas spirit with their current production Absurd Person Singular. Written by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Ken Rowland, this Christmas kitchen comedy will bring a lot of cheer to your new year.

The play is in three acts covering three Christmas parties at three different English couple’s homes from three degrees of the social ladder over three separate years. Once again there is that lingering British theme that we saw in A Man For All Seasons: Beware of the common man!

Indeed, it is the most common of the three couples that climbs to the top of the ladder and pulls the strings of the others who are reduced to their puppets. But this is not a serious thought-provoking drama nor is it meant to be.

This play is all in the journey and the journey will have you rolling out of your seat with laughter. While all three acts are full of Ayckbourn’s comic wit, the second act will have you laughing so hard it will bring tears to your eyes.

In the second act Eva (Sarah Green) reaches a new low of comic despair at her husband Geoffrey’s (David Mould) philandering ways. Driven to desperation, she makes several failed attempts to commit suicide. Her efforts rival the comic gifts of silent movie stars Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Green is such a natural for this style of comedy. Of course the rest of the cast is clueless to what Eva’s really attempting and they all try to help, adding to the comedy of errors with shocking results to the audience as well as one of the characters played by Alex Ross.

To join in this night of pure fun call (415) 456-9555 or visit www.rossvalleyplayers.org.

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