Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves, a comedy about the misunderstandings caused by a couple having an affair, is being presented by the Department of Drama and Dance at the Black Box Theater, March 20-29.
Director and Professor of Drama James J. Kolb notes, “Comedy in Ayckbourn is often premised on something not quite normal. In the case of How the Other Half Loves two living rooms and one dining room, in a separate New York City house and apartment are presented as one set, which serves simultaneously as two separate spaces, with two couples overlapping in the shared set. The wife of one couple is having an affair with the husband of the other couple, and much confusion and comedy ensues. A third couple fall victims to the carrying-on of the other two couples, and elaborate fictions are created about their infidelity to hide the actual affair that is going on.”
How the Other Half Loves was Ayckbourn’s ninth play, first produced in 1969. Like Hofstra’s Black Box set, the initial production was presented in the round at the Stephen Joseph Library Theatre in Scarborough, England. It was subsequently produced in a proscenium theater in London’s West End in 1970, and then on Broadway in 1971. It has had numerous revivals since then.
Show times are Fridays, March 20 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, March 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10; $8 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. or purchase online at Hofstratickets.com. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door by cash or check only, starting 90 minutes prior to show time.
Photo – Tyler Begnoche and Kristin Papadopoulos, by Nic Christopher.