Remedy Was Working on Alan Wake 2 But “It Didn’t Pan Out”

Remedy was once working on Alan Wake 2, but the project never made it off the ground.

Talking to VG247 at PAX East, Remedy’s director of communications, Thomas Puha, said “We were working on Alan Wake 2 years ago and it just didn’t pan out.”

The studio has no plans to develop a sequel to its 2010 psychological horror game in the immediate future, either. “We’re just booked solid for the next couple of years, really,” Puha said.

Remedy is currently finishing up development of Control, which is due out this year. Beyond that, the studio has a team working on Crossfire, which Remedy has inherited from Korean developer Smilegate. Then there’s the ‘Vanguard’ team, who are laying the groundwork for Remedy’s next large-scale project. With all of this going on, there’s neither the time, money and resources to work on Alan Wake 2.

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Steven Alan RTW Fall 2017

For fall, Steven Alan’s approach started off pragmatic. “We definitely wanted to have an increased penetration of our brand in the store, so the starting point for me was the shirt,” he said at his presentation.
Alan started off by looking at female icons and how they wore their shirts — Patti Smith stood out. “We went into that era and we picked up on a lot of the jewel tones that were prevalent at that time and the texture, like corduroy, paisley prints, pajama plaids and permanent pleating,” he said.
The resulting lineup felt casual yet inspired. As Alan pointed out, the shirts were the prevailing item — ranging from silky pussy bow blouses to a memorable burgundy with black dot pleated peasant top.
Denim was also important, as he offered patched tops and classic jackets as well as non-stretchy relaxed fit bottoms. The denim highlight: a tied robe jacket version. Knits were also noteworthy — rendered in substantial heavy yarns or superfine versions that could almost pass for T-shirts. “A lot of the factories that we were working with to me could be best-in-class in producing what we were going for, that’s very important. A lot of times with collections the

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Fox News Veteran Alan Colmes Dies at 66

Alan Colmes, a host and commentator who had been mainstay of Fox News since its inception, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 66. Colmes was the liberal co-host counterpart to conservative Sean Hannity on the long-running “Hannity and Colmes” program that bowed in 1996, the same year Fox News Channel debuted. “I’m truly… Read more »

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The ‘Love Actually’ Mini-Sequel Won’t Include Alan Rickman Or Emma Thompson

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s storyline was perhaps the most heartbreaking of the 2003 ensemble “Love Actually.” When Harry (Rickman) attracts attention from his young secretary ― spoiler! ― his wife and the devoted mother of his children, Karen (Thompson), finds out after realizing a necklace he’d bought wasn’t a gift for her. Instead, she’d received instead a decidedly unsexy Joni Mitchell CD, and their marriage is left strained. 

Unfortunately for fans, the upcoming mini-sequel to the hit film won’t fill us in on what Harry and Karen have been up to.

According to director Richard Curtis, the new script won’t include Thompson or a tribute to Rickman, who died in 2016, per Digital Spy. It’s just too tough.

“You know, dealing with Alan is very complicated,” Curtis told the Press Association, so a tribute is “not really” part of the plan. He also confirmed the actress won’t be able to participate.

The project, announced last week, will be made in celebration of Red Nose Day, a biennial event that supports the British charity Comic Relief that Curtis co-founded in 1985. Original cast members including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Andrew Lincoln, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Rowan Atkinson are all set to appear ― so at least we’ll find out what happened after that creepy nighttime cue-card scene between Juliet (Knightley) and her husband’s best friend, Mark. (Lincoln, who played Mark, has said his character “is a stalker.”)

“It’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later,” Curtis said in a statement last week.

It’s set to air March 24 on BBC One and May 25 on NBC. 

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Robin Thicke to Honor Late Dad Alan Thicke at NHL100 Gala

More than one month after Alan Thicke‘s sudden death, the late star’s son Robin Thicke is set to honor his father at the upcoming NHL100 Gala taking place during NHL All-Star Weekend, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

According to a press release, Robin — who is currently in a contentious custody battle with ex-wife Paula Patton — will give “special heartfelt remarks” and introduce Five for Fighting’s Jon Ondrasik, who will perform and pay tribute to the late members of the 100 greatest players of the NHL.

After Alan’s death on Dec. 13, Robin, 39, told the Los Angeles Times his father was “the greatest man I ever met.”

The Growing Pains star – who suffered a fatal heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter —will also be honored over the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend during the All-Star Celebrity Shootout event, a hockey game pitting a team of NHL stars against celebrities from film, television and music.

Both teams will wear jerseys that feature a patch dedicated to Alan, who was a lifelong hockey fan. After the event, the jerseys will be auctioned for Echoes of Hope, a nonprofit that benefits at-risk and emancipated foster youth.

Jon Hamm is set to host the star-studded gala honoring the best players to ever skate in the rink, and John Legend will also make a special appearance during the Geico-sponsored event.

The 90-minute event will be broadcast live from Microsoft Theater on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. PST on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnets and TVAS in Canada. Tickets to the event are available here.


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Alan Thicke’s Wife Says She Feels ‘Gut-Wrenching Sadness’ After His Death

Tanya Callau Thicke, wife of the late Alan Thicke, remembered her husband in a heartbreaking statement just a week after the TV icon’s untimely death.

“It is with gut-wrenching sadness and unbelievable grief that I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of love and support during this unimaginable time,” she told People magazine. “Through tears and smiles our dearest of family and friends came together at our home to celebrate the life of my sweet and devoted husband Alan Thicke.” 

Callau Thicke added, “Yesterday, along with my stepsons and our combined extended family, we laid my beloved husband, soul mate and the patriarch of our family to rest. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time of profound mourning” 

The 69-year-old actor died last week after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son, Carter. Over the weekend, Thicke’s family and friends ― as well as his “Growing Pains” TV family (Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Cameron, Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller) ― remembered him at his emotional memorial. 

“So much family and so many historic friends came out to remember our beloved father-figure,” Dolly Thicke, the late actor’s daughter-in-law, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday, noting that his son Robin Thicke, as well as Bob Saget, Bill Maher and Alex Trebek also spoke. 

Thicke’s sons remembered their late father with emotional posts on social media: 

Miss you Pops. The best

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Alan Thicke’s TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers

Alan ThickeAlan Thicke had quite the career in front of the camera, most recently popping up on This Is Us and Fuller House, but the beloved sitcom dad also had a hand in things behind the camera, namely…

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Steven Alan Men’s RTW Spring 2016

In a time when normcore is the new normal, Steven Alan is incorporating more conceptual ideas into his basics-driven collection.
 
The concept for spring came from space, an idea that was evident in the all-white layered look with a banded collar shirt in cotton linen poplin that was reminiscent of astronaut wear, as well as a button-down shirt with a celestial star pattern.
 
Apart from these out-of-this-world elements, the rest of the collection was solid and centered around a clean assortment of blazers, T-shirts, polos and Alan’s trademark fitted shirts. “It’s like your dad’s shirt, but in smaller proportions,” Alan said.
 
Another surprise came from the use of Japanese fabrics, a big trend this season, which he used in ultrathin chambray shirts and light-wash jeans.
 
Based on the number of collaborations Alan engages in every season — Vans and Common Project sneakers for fall, for example — it appears as if others in the fashion industry also believe in his down-to-earth aesthetic.

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Steven Alan Men’s RTW Spring 2016

In a time when normcore is the new normal, Steven Alan is incorporating more conceptual ideas into his basics-driven collection.
 
The concept for spring came from space, an idea that was evident in the all-white layered look with a banded collar shirt in cotton linen poplin that was reminiscent of astronaut wear, as well as a button-down shirt with a celestial star pattern.
 
Apart from these out-of-this-world elements, the rest of the collection was solid and centered around a clean assortment of blazers, T-shirts, polos and Alan’s trademark fitted shirts. “It’s like your dad’s shirt, but in smaller proportions,” Alan said.
 
Another surprise came from the use of Japanese fabrics, a big trend this season, which he used in ultrathin chambray shirts and light-wash jeans.
 
Based on the number of collaborations Alan engages in every season — Vans and Common Project sneakers for fall, for example — it appears as if others in the fashion industry also believe in his down-to-earth aesthetic.

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Alan Young 104 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about Alan Young

Alan Young 104 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about Alan Young


The best Alan Young Biography you will ever read. This book is your ultimate resource for Alan Young. Here you will find the most up-to-date 104 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Alan Young’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Chicken Every Sunday – Cast, The Alan Young Show, Beverly Hills Cop III – Cast, 23rd Academy Awards – Performers, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – Additional cast, Edgell Rickword – Works, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College – Cast, Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick – Cast, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas – Voices, Rubik, the Amazing Cube – Cast, Alan Young – Career, The Alan Young Show – Television, The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal – Cast, Archive of American Television – Interviews online, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series – Award winners, The Time Machine (1960 film) – Cast, The Cat from Outer Space – Cast, Rod Taylor – Later career, Ernest Borgnine – McHale’s Navy, Barloc – Stained glass, 1946 in film – Notable films released in 1946, Love Letters (play) – Other productions, Hammond B-3 organ – Tone generation, The Curse of Monkey Island – Audio, 1919 in film – Births, Kenny Delmar – Radio, Carlos Baca-Flor – Biography, Glynis Johns – Career, The Time Machine – 7th Voyage, Alan Young – Early life, Jeanne Crain – Career, Powdered Toast Man – Other characters, Lonnie Burr – Early performances, List of DuckTales characters – McDuck household, A Flintstone Family Christmas – Additional Voices, Joe Besser – Live-action, Dave Madden – Personal life, Coming of Age (1988 TV series), and much more.

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Dressing 9 to 5–What the Most Stylish Women Wear to Work: Steven Alan Creative Director Aï Bihr

by HAYLEY PHELAN | edited by ANNY CHOI

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When it comes to building her wardrobe, Aï Bihr certainly has a lot of options. As Steven Alan’s creative director, Bihr has a whole store’s worth of goodies right at her fingertips — and is in the enviable position of being able to actually create exactly the kind of garment she’d like to wear. And if that wasn’t enough to make you wish you were in her shoes, Bihr speaks multiple languages, has lived in Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York, holds degrees in both neuroscience and pattern-making. Here, she gives us the scoop on what she wears to work.

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On a work day, I try to wear mostly Steven Alan because it’s good for me to wear what we’ve made; if we need to improve something or if something’s not working great, then I know it. I love to wear a big Steven Alan shirt — I usually get something a bit oversize. So I’ll wear a men’s extra-large reverse seam in white, with a pair of jeans we’ve made. I also have a lot of old Levi’s because I collect a lot of denim. I love a 501, but I like to buy a big men’s size and then cut the legs so they’re kind of wide and cropped. I go to a lot of vintage stores to hunt for them; when I lived in Paris I went every weekend to look at the flea markets. I’m also a big vintage eyewear collector and have really loved designing the Steven Alan Optical collection.

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Rag & Bone Clara denim bucket hat, $ 39; intermixonline.com; Steven Alan Optical Wentworth glasses in light stripe tortoise, $ 195; stevenalanoptical.com; Levi’s 501 CT jeans, $ 80; mrporter.com; Steven Alan x Beauty & Youth Loose Turkey cotton crewneck tee, $ 98; stevenalan.com
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of Intermixo; Courtesy of stevenalanoptical.com; Courtesy of mrporter.com; Courtesy of stevenalan.com

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On my feet, I usually have sneakers or oxfords. Or like, a penny loafer. My whole team knows I’m addicted to these Japanese high tops called Shoes Like Pottery. I wear them constantly, year round. I don’t want to be boring, but I always look the same! Even if there’s a corporate event or I have to make a presentation, I always look the same. I try to stay very consistent and have been very consistent for a long time. I’ve always worn a lot of jumpsuits–whatever brand I go to, I make jumpsuits for them. They’re kind of great because they’re so versatile. You can even tie the sleeves at the waist and they make really great pants that way. I have a nice collection of vintage jumpsuits, some from the Yves Saint Laurent Safari collection, and I’ll wear those tied at the waist or zip them up and belt them. And if I’m wearing a jumpsuit like that I might add a little heeled sandal. Maryam Nassir Zadeh makes beautiful shoes. If I do go to a party and I feel like wearing something a little bit different I’ll put on sandals from Maryam. One of my best friends, Mona, designs A Détacher and she makes really beautiful skirts and dresses. I recently bought an indigo skirt/culotte thing from her. It’s the perfect length and so good for summer parties.

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Steven Alan sleeveless crossover shirt, $ 178; stevenalan.com; Acne Studios Avon drawstring safari jacket, $ 354; matchesfashion.com; Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sophie suede sandal, $ 368; nastygal.com; A Détacher Sissy shorts, $ 450; lagarconne.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of stevenalan.com; Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of nastygal.com; Courtesy of nastygal.com

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Dress for the Seasons

When the weather is this hot and humid, I love to wear linen and cotton poplin. We have these really great cotton poplin wide trousers from Steven Alan called the Picnic Pant. When you wear a wide-leg trouser like that, it’s nice to wear something small on top. You can’t wear something too big, or else you look like a tent. It’s also a great pant to wear with a linen T-shirt.

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Steven Alan Picnic pant, $ 255; stevenalan.com; Mango cropped linen top, $ 50; for information: mango.com; Manolo Blahnik Vazca penny loafers, $ 745; barneys.com

Photo: (Clockwise from left) Courtesy of Steven Alan; Courtesy of Mango; Courtesy of Barneys

In the fall, I’m usually in a suit. I’ll wear a suit jacket and a pair of trousers, with a T-shirt and sneakers. I have a few different jacket styles that I really like–one is a schoolboy that’s a bit smaller; The Row makes a really nice one every year. And then I like a boyfriend notched lapel in tropical wool; it’s actually the first jacket I made for Steven Alan when I joined the company and it’s still my go-to. I also always love to have a peak lapel double-breasted blazer. I think the key to pulling off a suit is–well, first of all you just really have to find the right suit for you. But then you also have to have a more casual element in your accessories or what you’re wearing the suit with, like a T-shirt and sneakers.

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The Row Maguire double-breasted shantung blazer, $ 1,554; net-a-porter.com; Isabel Marant Étoile Kiliann Lima tee, price upon request; otteny.com; Reed Krakoff cotton-blend tapered pants, $ 483; net-a-porter.com; Shoes Like Pottery low-top canvas shoe, $ 155; stevenalan.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of otteny.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of Steven Alan

Quality Control

When I’m shopping for myself, I always look at the finishing of the garment. I’m looking on the inside, not just the outside, examining the fabric, rubbing it on my neck and doing all the crazy things that designers do. You want to make sure there’s a clean finish–basically, that you don’t see all this thread wrapped around the seam–so that it doesn’t look like things are going to snag. It’s good to pay attention to these kinds of things, because they’re going to dictate the longevity of the garment. And really touch the fabric. Customers aren’t stupid, they know when they’re feeling good fabric. This is why we choose to use really good fabric at Steven Alan, because our customers are smart. They know they’re not getting garbage from us. That’s one thing I’m really proud of: There’s no room for poor quality. I’m really proud to say that more than 90 percent of the things I make are made in New York. And if it’s not made here, it’s made at the best factory in Japan.

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Photo: Courtesy of Aï Bihr

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Anticipating the Tony Awards, With Alan Cumming at the Café Carlyle, the Astaire Awards, and Stars in the Alley

Facing a crowd that included his mother and brother as well as Tony Danza, next up for a run at the Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming reminded everyone that he would be hosting the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth on Sunday night, admitting that he was “freaking out.” That was hard to believe from the poised actor, prepared by years of M.C. workout in Cabaret. But as he deftly sang his “sloppy” mash-ups including one channeling Adele, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, he paused to sing from the Kander & Ebb musical, The Visit, a contender for Best Musical: “You, You, You,” a number sung memorably by Chita Rivera, herself nominated for Best Actress in a Musical.

This was just one of the many run-ups to the Tony Awards, Broadway’s big night this Sunday. A steady stream of awards showcase exceptional work: this week, for example, at the 33rd annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild from An American in Paris, and On the Town’s Tony Yazbeck were chosen best dancers. The award for Outstanding Choreography on Broadway went jointly to Joshua Bergasse (On the Town) and Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris). Is it just something for everyone, or an indication of the plays that have the winning buzz?

A taste was offered at the annual Stars in the Alley event last week, a free smorgasbord of performances from many shows, staged in Shubert Alley, between Junior’s and the Booth Theater, home to Hand to God. Some highlights from Tony nominated plays included the Fun Home children, Sydney Lucas, Zell Steele Morrow, and Oscar Williams dancing and singing, “Come to the Fun Home,” special appearances by Alex Sharp of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, and Sarah Stiles from Hand to God (and yes, Tyrone too), Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, and Nathaniel Parker from Wolf Hall 1 and 2 (heads intact). Christian Borle sang “It’s Hard to be the Bard” from Something Rotten!, and could not stop moving, gyrating to the event’s finale, “Dancing Queen” from Broadway’s long running Mamma Mia!

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Solange Knowles Marries Video Director Alan Ferguson

NEW YORK (AP) — Solange Knowles is known for her fashion as much as her music, and her weekend wedding didn’t disappoint.

Her publicist confirmed Sunday that the 28-year-old singer (and sister of Beyonce) wed 51-year-old video director Alan Ferguson over the weekend. The bride and groom both wore ivory, a color also worn by key attendees, including the bride’s mother, Tina; brother-in-law Jay Z and niece Blue Ivy.

This is the second marriage for Knowles, who has a 10-year-old son, Daniel. She told Vogue that the nuptials, in New Orleans, were a labor of love.

Knowles made headlines earlier this year when leaked video footage showed her attacking Jay-Z, with Beyonce standing nearby. The trio told The Associated Press in a statement the incident was “unfortunate” but they stressed they loved each other.
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The Alan from The Hangover Adult Costume is a hilarious outfit choice that will definitely make you the hit of any Halloween party you attend. Alan is Zach Galifianakis’ character that always starts the trouble in the films. He’s way beyond strange, hilarious, and is overly desperate to be the best friends of all the other characters. The Hangover was a huge success and Alan is one of the most popular characters so it makes a great outfit selection. This costume will make you look just like him AND it features the baby in carrier so Carlos can join in on the fun too.

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First Nighter: A Gotta-See Alan Ayckbourn Festival

The big fact about 75-year-old Alan Ayckbourn is that he’s written 78–count ’em, 78–plays during his long career, including two, actually three, receiving world premieres these weeks at 59E59 Theaters. It’s what you might call an Alan Ayckbourn mini-festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first production.

Looked at another way, you could say he has so many works available either for premieres or revivals that at almost any time an Ayckbourn fan or Ayckbourn newbie might be able to encounter a new or old Ayckbourn work. Right now in London, for instance, his A Small Family Business is on view. The latter will be broadcast in internationally HD on June 12 (check NTLive.com for more details).

The first of the 59E59 three, all directed by Ayckbourn, is the world premiere of Arrivals & Departures. I can’t say that of the nearly four score Ayckbourn plays, it’s the darkest, but that’s only because I haven’t seen them all.

I can say that by the final fade-out this new one is extremely dark, even though it starts out light as a July day. Captain Quentin Sexton (Bill Champion), an Army officer running a sting set up to ensnare a suspected terrorist, is drilling a group of actors meant to be ordinary people milling at a train station. They’re all comically hopeless at their assigned tasks.

Into their midst come Barry Hawkins (Kim Wall), a traffic warden present because he can identity the suspect, and Esmé “Ez” Swain (Elizabeth Boag), a 23-year-old soldier sent to protect Hawkins. It’s their two stories Ayckbourn wants to tell as they more or less interact with each other. So he includes intermittent flashbacks to their earlier lives while they wait for the entrapment charade to swing into motion.

Barry, a gabby and seemingly cheerful chap, tries to chat up Ez, who’s proud of her career but preoccupied by a troubled private life. As Sexton and troupe swirl around them, so do their disturbing memories, and the more their memories accumulate–hers throughout the first act, his throughout the second–the unhappier they’re revealed to be. Moreover, there’s the threat of worse to come when the suspect known as Cerastes (Ben Porter) finally arrives.

Through the years, Ayckbourn, often called on these shores the British Neil Simon, has been of two minds about people’s natures. Here, however, he’s ready to declare himself an out-and-out pessimist. It’s a sometimes funny but ultimately bleak view, maximized by Ayckbourn’s direction as well as by the superb performance from Wall, Boag and the rest of the Ayckbourn-savvy troupe.
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In a note about Time of My Life, a 1992 play having its New York premiere, Ayckbourn mentions, as he has before, his debt to J. B. Priestley, who loved to fool around with time in his works and perhaps most effectively in the only occasionally revived these days, Time and the Conways.

As his title hints, Ayckbourn has his way with time throughout this exercise, and again refuses to report that time is being easy on humankind whether past, present or future, certainly not where Gerry Stratton (Russell Dixon), a successful builder whose company is verging on financial difficulties, and his wife Laura (Sarah Parks) are concerned.

In the present, it’s Laura’s birthday, and she, Gerry, their sons Glyn (Richard Stacey) and Adam (James Powell), Glyn’s wife Stephanie (Emily Pithon) and Adam’s new girlfriend Maureen (Rachel Caffrey), a hairdresser, have gathered at the family’s favorite restaurant.

Their table for six–where waiters (all played by Ben Porter) manfully serve–is placed upstage on Jan Bee Brown’s simple set. Downstage at the audience’s right is a table for two where Adam and Maureen sit in that same restaurant at intervals and encounter that same array of waiters. There, they relive in reverse their meeting and eventual engagement. Downstage at the audience’s left is a table for two where Glyn and Stephanie repair at other intervals. There, they etch their rocky relationship as it unfolds in the couple of years following Laura’s upstage birthday dinner.

Ayckbourn’s interest, as it usually is, runs to the particulars of a family’s dysfunction. Gerry and Laura have lost sight of their mutual love. Gerry favors Glyn, who holds down a job in the Stratton business, but he doesn’t begin to understand Adam, who can’t find a career but is currently publishing an arts newsletter.

Laura sees possibilities in Adam but has never liked Glyn or Stephanie. Nonetheless she’s worked to reunite them after a fling Glyn had. Neither does Laura take a shine to Maureen, whom she immediately and incorrectly labels an alcoholic.

The boys have their own misgivings, Glyn about remaining monogamous and Adam about what he wants to make of himself. Stephanie is the one always trying to keep things running smoothly, while Maureen is aware she doesn’t know how to present herself. She also doesn’t see the way to overcome her taste for garish apparel.

Ayckbourn’s great gift, on display throughout Time of My Life, is his keen ear and eye for how people behave under stress. Furthermore, he implies that stress is the only condition under which people ever get to behave. When he’s at work, as he is yet again here with his expert actors, he makes his argument absolutely convincing.
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When Ayckbourn noticed he was bringing 11 actors on this fun jaunt, he also realized that while all of them appear in Arrivals & Departures, only seven are needed for Time of My Life. To deal fairly with the unused four, he decided to write something for them. He tossed off Farcicals, which is made up of two one-acts–Chloe With Love and The Kidderminster Affair–involving the same four characters.

Note that when Ayckbourn tosses something like these off in (rumor has it) a week, it can be the theatrical equivalent of blowing a couple of many-colored feathers in the air and watching them float until they safely hit ground.

In both Chloe With Love and The Kidderminster Affair, good-looking lawn-mower expert (don’t ask, just enjoy) Teddy (Bill Champion) and plain and worried wife Lottie (Sarah Stanley) are best friends with down-to-earth car salesman Reggie (Kim Wall) and attractive wife Penny (Elizabeth Boag). They decorate, often hilariously, the plays in the Reggie-Penny backyard first and then in the Teddy-Lottie backyard.

To get them flustered over their marriages and possible infidelities and to rustle up his own brand of non-stop hilarity, Ayckbourn borrows from odds and ends of Cosi Fan Tutte, The Guardsman, Harold Pinter’s The Lovers and No Sex Please, We’re British. Yet again, his deft, not to say, farcical direction of his actors is top-drawer.

Incidentally, I’ve reviewed the three evenings (or matinees) in the order I attended them. They don’t have to be seen in that order. If Farcicals–wherein Ayckbourn implies that hope lies in humor–comes last, it can be regarded as a lively coda. If it’s seen first, it’s a tasty appetizer. If it’s seen in the middle, it’s a palate refreshing sorbet. The real point is to see a master at work in all three.
Arts – The Huffington Post
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