The Theater: Kitchen Kooks

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byALANAYCKBOURN

This play walks a zigzag line between comedy and farce and often manages to be staggeringly funny. Alan Ayckbourn, a sly chronicler of British suburbia, gets three couples together on successive Christmas Eves in their respective kitchens and wreaks droll havoc on their status and character.

Kitchen No. 1 is geometric and blindingly yellow, a paean to plastic modernity. It is the pride of a feverish Mrs.

Dutch Cleanser, Jane (Carole Shelley), who treats dust spots as germs. Her husband Sidney (Larry Blyden) is a shopkeeper who seems destined for smaller things. Their guests arrive. Ronald (Richard Kiley) is an upper-class...

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