How the Other Half Loves
'How The Other Half Loves' follows three married couples whose lives are hopelessly entwined. Frank employs Bob and William and is considering William for promotion. Bob is having an affair with the boss's (Frank's) wife and argues constantly with his own wife, Teresa. Frank and Fiona's marriage by contrast is polite and distant. Mary thinks (incorrectly) that William, her husband, is having an affair. The plot thickens when each of the adulterous parties, plays host to William and Mary at dinner parties on successive nights, both of which dinners end in disaster. As relations between partners deteriorate, matters become more confused and only the truth can restore order to chaos.
The play has a single set, which represents two separate but over-lapping living rooms. One is a smart room with reproduction period furniture (the Fosters' home); the other more contemporary and shabby (The Phillips' home). Action takes place in both houses simultaneously which adds to its humour and cleverness.
Written By : Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by : Warren McKenzie