My Wonderful Day

In Alan Ayckbourn’s 2009 comedy (his 73rd play!), nine-year-old Winnie (the convincingly young-looking 20-year-old N’Tasha Anders) accompanies her immensely pregnant mum Laverne to the upscale Notting Hill home of Kevin and Paula, where Laverne is a housekeeper. Soon Kevin's equally self-absorbed lover Tiffany shows up; another guy named Josh joins them; then Laverne departs for the hospital to give birth, leaving quiet, intelligent Winnie in care of these banana-heads who are busy ravishing one other and demonizing the absent Paula (until she actually arrives on scene with her stung bull’s temper and a moderately functional moral compass). All the fine performers enjoyably outclass Ayckbourn’s predictable farce, which feels like a children’s book in which scary/funny creatures act badly for a while, then vanish back to where the wild things are. MARGARET FRIEDMAN

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