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- Full Title: Absurd Person Singular
- When Written: 1971
- Where Written: London and Scarborough, England
- Literary Period: Postwar British Theater
- Genre: Social realism (though there are arguably some elements of Theater of the Absurd, especially in the second act)
- Setting: An unnamed English city, over the course of three successive Christmas Eve parties
- Climax: The arrival of Sidney and Jane Hopcroft in Act Three
Extra Credit for Absurd Person Singular
Pop-pop-popular. It’s been suggested that Ayckbourn is the most performed living English-language playwright, and the second most performed in history (after William Shakespeare, of course). To be fair, there are several other playwrights to whom the latter honor is often attributed, including Ibsen, Pinter, and Noel Coward.
Keep on keepin’ on. Though Ayckbourn is an elderly man, he continues to write and produce successful plays. His early 2000s play Private Fears in Public Places was a hit, and in 2006 it was made into a well-received film by the great French New Wave director Alain Resnais.