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Rebecca Huisken

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Taking Steps

Every Fri. and Sat. from Sept. 8-30
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 10-Oct. 1
2 p.m.
$22
Theater

In this richly layered farce by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, wealthy manufacturer Roland buys a dilapidated Victorian mansion, despite its sordid history as a former brothel now haunted by a murdered prostitute. The rarely sober Roland is committed to his goal—not that his inept lawyer or the desperate-to-sell owner would try to dissuade him. Conflicting motivations abound as a motley group of eccentrics gathers, including Roland’s wife (an aspiring dancer) and brother-in-law (renowned for putting folks to sleep merely by speaking) accompanied by his bored fiancée (who has a knack for getting locked into tight spots). Ayckbourn’s energetic script delights in revving up these offbeat characters and releasing them to bounce off one another in a series of bizarre misunderstandings that constitute a masterclass of comic deftness. These revolving encounters were designed by Aychbourn to be performed in the round, so this presentation on the signature stage of Theatre in the Round Players provides an ideal vantage point for observing this demented real estate deal.