Fran arranges a dinner party and cooks an aubergine parmigiana. Husband Terry fails to turn up because he is searching for a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Norfolk. This is the last straw in their seven year marriage. Professionals are called in and friends, therapists and even the birds become embroiled in the escalating crisis.
This terrific revival, directed by the great man himself, of his 1979 three tiered farce, Taking Steps, shows off the man's genius for innovative theatre. Watching and reveling in it I kept thinking "how does he think them up?". It would be great if a place could be found for a transfer, I'm sure many more than the two hundred or so who get the privilege to see it each night would want to. That's two Ayckbourn's in Richmond in as many months - lucky ol' Richmond. - rds
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