Players show gets national praise

To the editor:

Last week, the nationally-known theater critic for the Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout, attended the Peterborough Player’s current production of “Absurd Person Singular.” Here are excerpts from his review:

“Like many of [Alan Ackbourne’s] plays, “Absurd Person Singular” is so funny that you can easily overlook its darkness, but the Peterborough Players’ production, outstandingly well directed by Gus Kaikkonen, balances these two aspects with exhilarating exactitude…. Each member of Mr. Kaikkonen’s six-person ensemble case gives a performance in which his or her character’s essential qualities are fully realized. That’s part of what makes this production come across so strongly: Everyone in it seems as real as a next-door neighbor…. Such realism is harder to bring off than it looks, especially in a comedy, and Mr. Kaikkonen and his actors deserve the highest possible praise for never stooping to jokey excess. ….all the laughter arises from ruthless truthfulness .... The Peterborough Players…have a long track record of artistic excellence (the company turns 80 this season). Under Mr. Kaikkonen’s wise stewardship, they’ve racked up a string of summertime triumphs… This revival of “Absurd Person Singular” is among their very finest efforts.”

“Absurd Person Singular” runs through next Sunday. We urge you to gather up some friends and go — you’ll talk about it afterward. (And — the Players’ Second Company production of “Scapino,” running in repertory with “Absurd Person Singular” through the 31st, is a totally wacky delight for young and old alike.) We are so lucky to have this world-class theater nearby!

Sara and Ed Germain


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