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Tessa Auberjonois as Eva and Alan Smyth as Geoffrey in Alan Ayckbourn's "Absurd Person Singular" at South Coast Repertory. It's the season opener for the Coast Mesa theater.
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Issues trump comedy in SCR's season opener

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

It would be easy to dismiss Alan Ayckbourn's "Absurd Person Singular" as a lightweight British comedy, and a dated one at that.

His 1972 play, which opened South Coast Repertory's season Friday on the Segerstrom Stage, contains plenty of farce of the mildly naughty British variety. Lines such as "that would tickle Dick no end" are typical. And the second of its three acts is full of the slapstick, double entendres and pratfalls that playwrights such as Ray Cooney ("Run for ...

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