How The Other Half Loves
Alan Ayckbourn’s wickedly funny farce “How the Other Half Loves”. There are three couples, the men all working for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each returns home suspiciously late one night or early one morning they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third couple. Of course, the third couple have to show up to put the fat in the fire, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce.
This is the most performed Ayckbourn play and best displays his wicked sense of humour and his skill in the use of both time and space, challenging the audience perceptions throughout. it is a complex story both in the manipulation of space and time.