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Ed is a rock and roll legend. He s married to the beautiful and vivacious Claudia, a travel writer with a guilty secret. Best friend Clive is a man of contradictions. He s married to high-flying Henri, a tough businesswoman with a spiritual sideline. One night during dinner, Ed makes an announcement that puts them all off their pudding. Suddenly everything s changed. The beat may be the same, but now they re dancing to a different tune.
18 July 2005
On 14 July 2005, the 50th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, one might have expected to see one of the two Alan Ayckbourn plays running in the summer season. Instead the choice of Playing God, the first stage play by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, removed any hint of comforting familiarity from the commemoration.
And, indeed, Marks and Gran, famous for creating TVís Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart, have come up with a comedy thatís anything but comforting. Playing God begins, like Ustinovís The Love of Four Colonels, with an extended silence; in this case full of shock and disbelief. Rock superstar Ed has just informed his wife, Claudia, and their dinner-guests, Clive and Henri, that he has been diagnosed with cancer, in all probability, terminal.
Ed wishes to play God by making sure his agoraphobic wife copes after his death which means, he believes, finding a new man for her. On...
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