How the Other Half Loves is about three couples linked by an adulterous affair. Each of the couples is divided by class (this is more prevalent in the British version). What they have in common is that none of them are happy. Fiona Foster and Bob Phillips are having an affair without the knowledge of Bobís boss Frank Foster. Bobís wife Teresa has no knowledge of the affair either. The play starts with one little white lie that Fiona tells her husband to cover up the affair. She hoodwinks her easily deluded husband – one of the most naive persons in theater history. Fiona tells him she has been out late at night on a mission of mercy to console Mary Featherstone, the distraught wife of one of his employees, dedicated company man William Featherstone The husband believes that his employee William is a big philanderer but is really a very mousy accountant.
Of course, Mr. Ayckbourn contrives to bring them all together in a wild dinner party that occurs on two separate nights with different hosting couples. All this in just one long scene; this alone is worth the price of admission. What happens after that is pure pandemonium with the maligned Featherstones not having a clue as to what is going on.
Opening: April 30, 2009
Closing: May 10, 2009
Director: Karen Schilling