ATN Artistic Director Evan Mueller directs Ayckbourn's masterful trilogy of plays with the Idiom Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. November 2019
Playing the entire month of November, this ‘wildly comic’ and ‘cryingly funny’ trilogy of plays was first performed in Scarborough, England in 1973, before going on to runs in London and on Broadway.
The Norman Conquests follows six characters—assistant librarian Norman, his wife, his in-laws and the local veterinarian—from Saturday night through Monday morning. We watch as desperate lothario Norman attempts to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother-in-law’s wife Sarah and woo his estranged wife Ruth, during a disastrously hilarious weekend of eating, drinking and miscommunication.
Each of the three plays follow the same six characters over the same weekend, but each takes place in a different part of the English country house in which the story is set: • TABLE MANNERS is set in the dining room, • LIVING TOGETHER in the living room, and • ROUND AND ROUND IN THE GARDEN in the… garden.
The three plays are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy in any order.
With his characteristic compassionate humor, Ayckbourn explores the disappointments bubbling beneath the surface as his characters’ dreams of love and fulfillment go awry.