Theater: False Friends Pack of Lies

by Hugh Whitemore

Friendship can be a true kinship, an intimacy that lasts a lifetime. But some people who think of each other as close friends are merely companions of convenience, their bond formed through proximity at the office or in neighborly chats along the back fence. They may not understand each other, may not even like each other much, but somehow they see each other all the time. That kind of attachment has grown up between the Jacksons, a shy, stiff couple who live with their adolescent daughter in the built-up London suburb of Ruislip, and their Canadian-born neighbors, the sunny, boisterous, intrusive...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!