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Friday, Sep 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Terry Teachout
Commentary (September 2009)

“Of the plays that opened on Broadway last season, the one that stirred the most talk was the British revival of The Norman Conquests, Alan Ayckbourn’s 1973 comic triptych about the travails of a quarreling suburban family. Not only did the production, which transferred to New York from London in April, win a Best Revival Tony, but it met with critical favor on both sides of the Atlantic. Richard Zoglin, writing in Time, went so far as to call Ayckbourn “the greatest living English-language playwright.” While few other reviewers were prepared to make so sweeping a claim, it was evident that the author of The Norman Conquests is now seen as an artist of the first rank.”


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