“How the Other Half Loves,” Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s tale of marital infidelity, comical coverups and oblivious spouses has been a guffaw machine since its debut in 1970 was quickly followed by a swift promotion to London’s West End.
This classic example of the British marital farce is the latest mountain the artistic staff at the Bellevue Little Theatre has decided to climb.
The first production of the new year, and the third of the 2012-2013 BLT season, “How the Other Half Loves,” carries a warning that the subject matter – adultery and coverup – does not lend itself to a juvenile audience.
The play tracks the lives of three married couples, all occupying significantly different places on the ever-present British social ladder, and all three working for the same company.
The wife of the company’s owner is “involved,” as they say, with someone a little lower on the corporate ladder, and when the necessity arises for covering up their indiscretion, a third couple drawn from the common class is brought into the action.
Ayckbourn, in an innovation that has won much praise through the years, employs a device whereby the various couples occupy simultaneously the same space on the stage – parallel universes intersecting with one another, the one utterly unaware of the existence of the other.
The BLT production will open Feb. 1 and will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 17.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
The principals are Tim Barr and Karin Hogston as Frank and Fiona Foster, Alexander Hamilton and Marti Whelan as Bob and Teresa Phillips, and Chris Ebke and Sarah Query as William and Mary Detweiler.
The show is produced by Robin Klusmire and directed by Todd Uhrmacher, who is also responsbible for costuming.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $9 for students with identification.
For more information, or to reserve seats, call 402-291-1554.