How The Other Half Loves

Sheringham Little Theatre

Sheringham Little Theatre

I thought "you can't go wrong with Alan Ayckbourn"; he is, after Shakespeare, the world's most frequently produced playwright and has won loads of awards.

But while the audience clearly delighted in this comedy of bad manners, it just wasn't for me.

Bumbling Frank Foster (larger-than-life Roger Bingham) and his oh-so-posh wife Fiona (an elegant Jean Rogers) and brash Bob Phillips (given a cruel edge by Andrew Piper) and his hippy-esque wife Teresa (a fine performance from Jane Stanton) separately but simultaneously invite the Featherstones to dinner.

William is earnest, but also a bully (a good mix from Simon Stanhope) while Christine Lawrence trans-forms Mary from a twitching mouse into a woman with a voice of her own.

Clare Prenton's direction is smooth. But beneath the clever, comic surface there lurks too much meanness and unhappiness that does not make for easy laughter.

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t The play runs until Tuesday July 30 and again from September 5-11.

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