How The Other Half Loves

 

January 14 - 22, 2012

From the Directors’ Viewpoint - Dave  McIntosh

 

How the Other Half Loves is a simple tale about relationships within and amongst three married couples. The original production was staged in the UK in 1969 and was a successful part of Alan Ayckbourn’s theatre in the round. In 1971 the play was modified for New York and ran for 700 performances.
What makes this play unique is its format and complex staging. The set is comprised of both the Foster’s and Phillips' households, superimposed one on the other. The audience will see two interwoven plays performed in two different locations, in one instance on two different days, all on the same stage at the same time. Only the telephone provides direct contact between the two homes. The action moves freely between the households – this occurs 75 times in Act I alone. Yet, fear not – the story line is simple, romantic and amusing. Good luck!
If you understand what is going on – and it is one of the Directors’ jobs to make things understandable to an audience – it will give us great satisfaction. If not you will find us at the bar most nights.

Ann Swiston – Assistant Director: Ann’s theatrical history, on the other hand, began with her arrival at Lakeside 3 years ago. She’s studied with LLT, directed and stage managed during two LLT Summer Workshops, assistant directed LLT’s 2009 production of Regrets Only, directed Over the River and Through the Woods and The Absence of a Cello at Naked Stage, and played Mabel in LLT’s 2010 production of The Pajama Game. Ann is also a singer and Board Member of Lakeside’s Los Cantantes del Lago.

CAST

    Kathleen              Collete                 Roger                Peter                 Russell             Daphne

    Carlson           Clavadetscher          Larson              Luciano                Mack              Peerless

        as                       as                        as                      as                      as                     as

 Fiona Foster     Teresa Phillips      Frank Foster    William Detweiler    Bob Phillips    Mary Detweiler

Crew
Director ............................................................. Dave McIntosh
Assistant Director .................................................... Ann Swiston
Stage Manager .............................................. Cindy Hitchcock
Asst. Stage Manager .................................... Candace Luciano
Production Assistants ..................... Win Mcintosh, Joe Loebach
Set Construction Chief ........................................ Alex Pinkerton
Set Construction Crew .......... Richard Bansbach, Bryan Selesky
                                               Russell Moore, Lee Hitchcock
                                               David White & Russell Mack
Set Décor & Painting Coordinator ......................... Terri Hensley
Costumes ................................................................. Tina Jones
Sound Design & Operation ........................ Emma Bergh-Apton
Lighting Design & Operation ......... Zane Pumiglia, Brad Dobko
Props Manager.......................................................... Karen Lee
Props Crew .............................................................. Barb Duffus
Makeup Crew ......................... Maxcine Tate, Christy Wiseman
                                                Julie Mignard & Marilyn Prater

 

 

LLT Scores a Homer


By Jeanne Chausee

 

It was the typical farcical story – an illicit affair, mistaken identities, and a set with lots of doorways. Those were the only things typical about the Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of “How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn. From the get-go it is apparent that director Dave McIntosh is not only talented and experienced but has an uncanny sense of “the show”. The blocking, with two very different families in two different homes going through their daily routines and conversations at the same time while occupying the same space, could have been a recipe for frenetic disaster. However, McIntosh moved his players through the maze with nary a hitch and painted a pleasing, easy flowing, and at no time confusing, picture. McIntosh also proved his mettle, clearly directing his cast with a keen ear and eye but trusting them enough to pull back when necessary to allow them to humanize their characters to the max. Individuals in the cast actually became the characters.

 

Each of the cast members, Kathleen Carlson, Collette Clavadetcher, Roger Larson, Russell Mack, Peter Luciano and Daphne Peerless turned in a performance at a nearly flawless level. It was Larson, however, who for this observer, stole the show. His interpretation of the absent-minded, somewhat dithering, naïve, but wily corporate executive has to be among the best ever at LLT- or maybe any other theater as well- so good that the audience began to anticipate his return to the scenes…

 

…Orchids to everyone involved in this truly superior production!...

 

Excerpt, with permission, from Theater Review, by Jeanne Chaussee - Guadalajara Reporter, Jan. 21-27 2012

 

 

Front Row Center

By Michael Warren 

How The Other Half Loves 

By Alan Ayckbourn 

Directed by Dave McIntosh

 

Brilliant! How The Other Half Loves is one of the best shows I have seen on the LLT stage. It’s a tour de force of theater which requires perfect timing and pace, and this cast delivers a truly stunning performance... The whole thing is tremendously entertaining.

 

Read the full review in the Feb. 2012 Ojo del Lago

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