by Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn is a master of frustration comedy. The funniest things happen to his people when they cannot do what they intended to do.
An elderly couple, Ernest (Michael Gough) and Delia (Joan Hickson), plan to celebrate their wedding anniversary at a restaurant. They end up snacking in bed. A thirtyish couple, Malcolm (Derek Newark) and Kate (Susan Littler), are throwing a party, but the guests' coats have scarcely been stacked on the bed when the festivities embarrassingly and ignominiously sputter out.
Still another couple, Nick (Michael Stroud) and...