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Small Family Business

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ISBN-10: 0573693773

ISBN-13: 9780573693779

Edition: 1992

Authors: Alan Ayckbourn

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Alan Ayckbourn ComedyCharacters: 7 male, 5 female Multiple Interior Scenes England's master of satire is in top form in this comic morality play which was triumphantly presented by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Jack McCraken has the opportunity of a lifetime: he is the new head of a family furniture business and believes he will initiate a new age of honesty and integrity. He quickly learns that everyone else involved in the enterprise has a vested interest in maintaining business as usual, rife with dishonesty and deceit. "One of Alan Ayckbourn's best." -The New York Times "If you demand your fun fast and furious, this is your ticket." - The New York Post "You'll laugh 'till it…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Concord Theatricals
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Many American tourists who flock to the annual Ayckbourn offering in London's West End, think of Alan Ayckbourn as Great Britain's Neil Simon. The analogy holds true to the extent that the relationship between Ayckbourn's and Simon's plays illustrates the difference between British and American theater and audiences. Both writers capture the social machinations of middle-class characters in daily situations that are made compelling simply by the addition of clever but conventional plots, dramatic intrigues, twists, and discoveries. However, where Simon's plays tend to evolve into a condition of broad pathos or comedy, luxuriating in bittersweet melodrama, Ayckbourn's offerings revel in ever…